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Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida

Asa R. Randall

Abstract

In the popular imagination, the St. Johns River valley in northeast Florida is one of the last “natural” landscapes. This image relies on unawareness of the extent of landscape modification accomplished during the pre-Columbian era by hunter-gatherers. This book examines how communities of hunter-gatherers actively transformed the landscape through the construction of shell mounds between 7,400 and 4,600 years ago during the Archaic period. Although long identified simply as trash piles, these mounds, as Asa R. Randall argues from an empirically grounded and theoretically informed perspective, ... More

Keywords: shell mounds, hunter-gatherers, climate change, shellfishing, burial mounds, social landscape, Archaic Period, deposition, pre-Columbian era, St. Johns River, landscape modification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813061016
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061016.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Asa R. Randall, author
University of Oklahoma