late Woodland

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A subdivision of the Woodland Stage defined for the archaeology of the eastern parts of North America which succeeds the middle Woodland around ad 400. The transition from middle Woodland to late Woodland saw the development of a complex patchwork of chiefdoms of different sizes throughout the eastern woodlands of the USA down to European contact. These were hunter‐gatherer societies which indulged in limited farming based on cultivated gardens and small plots. The most distinctive late Woodland culture was the Mississippian.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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