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New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida$
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Neill J. Wallis and Asa R. Randall

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049366

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049366.001.0001

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The Modification and Manipulation of Landscape at Fort Center

The Modification and Manipulation of Landscape at Fort Center

(p.163) 8 The Modification and Manipulation of Landscape at Fort Center
New Histories of Pre-Columbian Florida

Victor D. Thompson

Thomas J. Pluckhahn

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the nature of landscape modification at the Fort Center site, a large earthwork complex in the Lake Okeechobee basin of southern Florida. Previous interpretations of the earthworks suggested that they functioned as part of a type of wetland agricultural technology for the growing of maize. Evidence is presented that contradicts this idea. New research at the site indicates that these earthworks were part of a long tradition of landscape manipulation that reinforced both social and economic relationships at the site. The implication of this new perspective is that the site now must be considered within the broader context of literature regarding hunter-gatherers.

Keywords:   Maize, Earthworks, Lake Okeechobee

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