- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 241mm x 18mm | 680g
- Publication date: 24 July 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0500284687
- ISBN 13: 9780500284681
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: 153 illustrations, 20 in colour
- Sales rank: 587,150
Hailed by Bruce D. Smith, Curator of North American Archaeology at the Smithsonian Institution, as 'without question the best available book on the pre-Columbian Indian societies of eastern North America', this wide-ranging and copiously illustrated volume covers the entire sweep of Eastern Woodlands prehistory, with an emphasis on how these societies developed from hunter-gatherers to village farmers and town-dwellers.
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George R. Milner is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, specializing in the history of eastern North America and human osteology. He has written two other books, The Cahokia Chiefdom and In the Wake of Contact.
"'George Milner has jettisoned the jargon... archaeologists, students and other interested readers can all find something of value in this book' - Southeastern Archaeology"
Table of contents
Preface| Chronological table; * 1. A Heavily Forested and Thinly Peopled Land; * 2. Mobile Hunter Gatherers; * 3. Sedentary Hunter-gatherers: Middle to Late Archaic; * 4. Builders of Burial Mounds and Earthworks: Early to Middle Woodland; * 5. Villagers Facing Great Change: Late Woodland; * 6. Chiefs Come to Power: Mississippian 7. Northern Villagers: Late Prehistory; * 8. A Trail of Tears: Native American and European Contact: Guide to Eastern Woodland Sites.