Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom

Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom

Hardback Smithsonian Series in Archaeological Inquiry (Hardcover)

Edited by Vernon James Knight, Edited by Vincas P. Steponaitas, Foreword by Christopher S. Peebles, By (author) Lauren M. Michals, By (author) M.L. Powell, By (author) C.Margaret Scarry, By (author) Margaret J. Schoeninger, By (author) Mark R. Schurr, By (author) Paul D. Welch

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  • Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 226mm x 22mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Alabama
  • ISBN 10: 0817315292
  • ISBN 13: 9780817315290
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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Built on a flat terrace overlooking the Black Warrior River in Alabama, the Moundville ceremonial center was at its height a densely occupied town of approximately 1,000 residents with at least 29 earthen mounds surrounding a central plaza. Today Moundville is not only one of the largest and best-preserved Mississippian sites in the United States but also one of the most intensively studied. This volume brings together nine Moundville specialists who trace the site's evolution and eventual decline.

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Vernon James Knight Jr. is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Alabama. Vincas P. Steponaitis is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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"The latest contributions to a 30-year, long-term collaboration that has produced critically important data and theories for the understanding of Mississippian social formations." - Antiquity"