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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology$
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Robbie Ethridge and Eric E. Bowne

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401629

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401629.001.0001

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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

(p.1) Introduction The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology
The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

Robbie Ethridge

Robin Beck

Eric E. Bowne

University Press of Florida

Southeastern archaeologists increasingly use an historical approach to ask fresh questions and open up new ways of understanding the deep past of the Native South. Archaeologists now see that processes were certainly at play shaping the ancient past, but that it was also a product of long- and short-term events, people making choices, migration, coalescence, ethnogenesis, ideology, place making, memory constructs, contingency, and structures of the longue durée, among other things. In this introductory essay, the authors examine the historical turn in archaeology; explore how re-conceiving of the ancient past not as “prehistory” but “history” fundamentally reshapes our understanding of pre-colonial indigenous people; and iterate some of the fundamentals underlying this historical turn.

Keywords:   archaeology, Native south, longue durée, migration, ethnogenesis, prehistory

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