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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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Deep Time on the Eternal River

Deep Time on the Eternal River

Toward an Archaic Historicity of the St. Johns River

(p.17) 1 Deep Time on the Eternal River
The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

Asa R. Randall

University Press of Florida

Archaic hunter-gatherers of the St. Johns River Valley were once considered the history-less multitudes par excellence, who flourished for millennia with little change. However, mortuary traditions, object itineraries, biographies of place, and footprints of landscape terraforming reveal how Archaic communities actively cultivated associations with ancient social landscapes whose relevance was deeply imbricated with the cosmology of watery underworlds. In this chapter, I consider how Archaic communities uncovered and re-created their own histories as modes of social change. Even at the scale of the southeast, communities leveraged their historical entanglements with a sacred geography to structure and provide rationale to gatherings.

Keywords:   Archaic, object itineraries, landscape terraforming, St. Johns River Valley

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