Why Move?

Paul J. Pacheco

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:
Why Move?

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This chapter provides a cautionary comment to Charles's interpretations on lower Illinois Valley. Pacheco points out that the objective environmental constraints found in the lower Illinois Valley were significantly different from those under which most regional Hopewellian manifestations developed across much of the Eastern Woodland. He emphasizes the north-south linearity and almost “too neat” low floodplain to higher upland/prairie sequential development of the topography that characterizes the lower Illinois Valley. Pacheco's contribution is an important addition to the question of how we can enhance our understanding of the actual nature of the settlement system: Did the domestic and ceremonial settlement practices contrast as sedentary and transient, or were they both essentially transient, the result of a highly mobile logistical regime? The definitive answer is not given in this chapter, but it does highlight the importance of more adequately resolving this question.

Keywords: Illinois Valley; environmental constraints; Ohio Hopewell; Eastern Woodland; settlement system; sedentism

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Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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