Archaic Shell Mounds on the St. Johns River
This chapter provides an introduction to the study of Archaic Period shell mounds for interested avocational readers and professional archaeologists. It situates the study of ancient shell mounds in the context of recent perceptions of the St. Johns River valley as a natural landscape. The chapter argues that the landscape of the St. Johns River valley has a long history and that shell mounds provide some of the best evidence for ancient inhabitation of the region. Most shell mounds date to the middle Archaic Mount Taylor period (ca. 7500<n>4600 cal BP), which is the focus of this volume. A summary of the book’s central argument is presented here, along with an outline of chapter contents and definitions of the study’s major concepts and jargon.
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