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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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Becoming and Descending

Becoming and Descending

Examining the Historical-Processual Continuum in American Archaeology along a Mississippian Periphery

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The Historical Turn in Southeastern Archaeology

Robert A. Cook

University Press of Florida

Over the course of the discipline, archaeological investigations have toggled between history and process, with the current emphasis being increasingly placed on historical aspects. Rather than seeing this as a choice to make, Cook agrees with those that see both as being necessary to understand the full dimensions of the human problems we investigate. Cook presents a Fort Ancient/Mississippian culture case study that explores various dimensions of this research philosophy. This is followed by a discussion that explores the theoretical toggling that seems to occur more so as studies that emphasize one extreme end of the historical-processual continuum seem to be exhausted.

Keywords:   historical-processual continuum, Fort Ancient, Mississippian culture

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