People of the Shoals Stallings Culture of the Savannah River Valley

ISBN-10: 0813029457

ISBN-13: 9780813029450

Edition: 2006

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Even for ancient hunter-gatherers, everyday life included adventure, personal relationships, and economic hardship. Interpreting and humanizing the experience of one group of pre-Columbian people, Kenneth Sassaman describes the mysterious rise and fall of the Stallings Culture and the research that brought its story to light. Known best for their innovations in making pottery, these prehistoric foragers occupied the middle Savannah River valley of Georgia and South Carolina some 4,000 years ago. Sassaman offers several controversial theories about the Stallings people, arguing that they arose from interactions between two distinctive ethnic groups, organized themselves around clusters of related women, not men, established permanent villages like their counterparts on the coast, and abandoned the middle Savannah River valley when the social costs of traditional living became intolerable. Basing this work on 12 years of field research, he presents fascinating new findings about the Stallings way of life, including details about ritual, marriage alliances, community organization, and food economy. Without violating the strictures of scientific practice, Sassaman tells this story in a style that engages the imagination and pushes the limits of archaeological interpretation in novel directions. Written for the general reader as well as the professional, the book relates lessons from the past to present-day issues and shows how knowledge about the ancient past is constructed within the context of modern experiences.
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 4/14/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Prelude to Prehistory
Stallings Beginnings
A Multiethnic Neighborhood
Inventing Stallings Culture
Living Off the Land
Living with Each Other
Twilight on the Savannah
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