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Introduction

A. Martin Byers and DeeAnne Wymer

in Hopewell Settlement Patterns, Subsistence, and Symbolic Landscapes

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034553
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034553.003.0001
Introduction

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This book addresses some important questions related to the builders of artworks in Middle Ohio Valley by examining the cultural and social nature of the well-known Ohio Hopewell monumental earthworks. Chapters examine the purpose, meaning, and role of earthworks and similar artifacts, considering how they may have reflected political, social, and practical ecological organization. The open conversations and debates presented in this book regarding divergent archaeological practices provides an opportunity for the assessment of various approaches to studying these ancient communities.

Keywords: builders of artworks; artworks; Middle Ohio Valley; Ohio Hopewell; sedentary populations; earthwork; artwork; archaeology; dialogical structure

Chapter.  5930 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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