Mound Excavations at Moundville: Architecture, Elites, and Social Order by Vernon James Knight (Hardback, 2010)
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- DescriptionThis work is a state-of-the-art, data-rich study of excavations undertaken at the Moundville site in west central Alabama, one of the largest and most complex of the mound sites of pre-contact North America. Despite the site's importance and sustained attention by researchers, until w it has lacked a comprehensive analysis of its modern excavations. Richly documented by maps, artifact photographs, profiles of strata, and inventories of materials found, the present work explores one expression of social complexity; the significance of Moundville's monumental architecture, including its earthen mounds; the pole-frame architecture that once occupied the summits of these mounds; and, the associated middens that reveal the culture of Moundville's elites. Mound Excavations at Moundville supplies a survey of important materials recovered in more than a decade of recent excavations of seven mounds and related areas under the author's direction, as part of a long-term archaeological project consisting of new field work at the Mississippian political and ceremonial center of Moundville. Exactly how the social and political power symbolized by mound building was distributed is a question central to this work. It seems critical to ask to what extent this monumental landscape was the product of a chief's ability to recruit and direct the labor of large groups of political subordinates, most of whom were presumably n-kin. At the onset of the present project, speculations regarding the paired orders of mounds and the timing of the formal structuring of space at Moundville were already suggested but were in need of further testing, confirmation, and refinement. The work reported in this volume is largely devoted to filling in such evidence and refining those initial insights. An excellent chapter by H. Edwin Jackson and Susan L. Scott, 'Zooarchaeology of Mounds Q, G, E, F, and R', compliments this research.
- Author BiographyVernon James Knight Jr. is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Alabama and is the editor of The Search for Mabila: The Decisive Battle between Hernando de Soto and Chief Tascalusa.
- Author(s)Vernon James Knight
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2010
- Series TitleDan Josselyn Memorial Publication
- Place of PublicationAlabama
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Alabama Press
- Content Note240 illustrations
- Weight1451 g
- Width215 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine38 mm
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