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The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies$
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Victor D. Thompson and James C. Waggoner Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042428

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042428.001.0001

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Monumental Shell Mounds as Persistent Places in Southern Coastal Brazil

Monumental Shell Mounds as Persistent Places in Southern Coastal Brazil

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(p.120) 7 Monumental Shell Mounds as Persistent Places in Southern Coastal Brazil
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The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies
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Paul R. Fish

Suzanne K. Fish

Paulo DeBlasis

Maria Dulce Gaspar

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813042428.003.0007

Persistent places with substantial and sustained populations are most often associated with agricultural societies in middle range and complex societies. We examine monumental sambaquis (huge shell mounds), often constructed and used over a millennium or more by the foraging and fishing communities in southeastern Brazil, as an exception to this archaeological pattern. Our discussion considers the long-term cultural and demographic stability achieved and maintained in the dynamic, mid-Holocene lagoonal setting of this coastal lowland region.

Keywords:   Brazil, mid-Holocene, sambaquis, shell mounds, monuments, fishing communities, demography

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