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The Terminal Late Woodland-mississippian Transition

A. Martin Byers

in Cahokia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780813029580
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039183 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813029580.003.0015
The Terminal Late Woodland-mississippian Transition

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This chapter deals with the critical examination of the nature of the processes that generated the Terminal Late Woodland-Mississippian transition. In particular, it covers the heterarchical polyistic locale-centric account of the Terminal Late Woodland-Mississippian transition. It presents this as an alternative to the different versions of the current hierarchical monistic modular polity account of this same transition. Following the hermeneutic spiral method, it first reviews and then critiques the latter accounts. For this purpose, it integrates Thomas Emerson's and Timothy Pauketat's versions as the most influential of these. For the sake of convenience, it is called the Nucleated-Sequential Settlement Articulation model of the Terminal Late Woodland-Mississippian transition. Next, the alternative heterarchical polyistic locale-centric view is reported, which it termed the Integrated-to-Bifurcated Settlement Articulation model of the transition. It confirms the greater adequacy of the Integrated-to-Bifurcated Settlement Articulation model compared to the Nucleated-Sequential Settlement Articulation model of the archaeological record marking the emergence of the Mississippian period by showing how the former can give a more coherent account for a number of apparently unrelated patternings compared to their explanation under the latter.

Keywords: Terminal Late Woodland-Mississippian transition; Nucleated-Sequential Settlement Articulation model; Integrated-to-Bifurcated Settlement Articulation model; Thomas Emerson; Timothy Pauketat; Mississippian period

Chapter.  19014 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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