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Constructing HistoriesArchaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida$
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Asa R. Randall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061016

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061016.001.0001

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Hunter-Gatherers, Landscapes, and Histories

Hunter-Gatherers, Landscapes, and Histories

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Constructing Histories

Asa R. Randal

University Press of Florida

Hunter-gatherer landscape use is most often interpreted as a response to independent variables such as climate change or demographic variation. Chapter 2 critiques this position and enunciates the alternative theoretical framework of landscape inhabitation as history. Based in practice theory, inhabitation theory understands landscape use as the primary means through which hunter-gatherers experience the world and construct histories. Randall particularly emphasizes the ways ancient communities were reproduced through experiencing and modifying past places in their depositional practices, practices. He similarly argues that these practices provide the basis for creating social memories that can potentially integrate socially diverse persons. Chapter 2 concludes with a methodology for reconstructing social histories from depositional practices.

Keywords:   depositional practice, deposition, climate change, demographic, inhabitation, landscape, social history, practice theory, memory, community, hunter-gatherers

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