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The Indian River Region during the Mississippi Period

Misha Klein

in Late Prehistoric Florida

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040141
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813040141.003.0004
The Indian River Region during the Mississippi Period

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This chapter centers on the Atlantic coast of east-central Florida and directs attention to the Malabar II culture and the contact-period Ais Indians of the Indian River region. In the archaeological literature, this coastal area is often overshadowed by the nearby St. Johns region, to the extent that, at times, it is subsumed within St. Johns as a border or transitional area. Following the lead of Irving Rouse in the 1950s, the author argues that, although the two regions shared in the production of chalky St. Johns pottery, Malabar and St. Johns are not the same culture. Indian River natives were fishers and shellfish collectors for millennia prior to and for a century or more after European arrival. The most sweeping changes in Malabar II culture appear to have been the result of contact not with outsiders from the Mississippian world but rather with foreigners from another continent.

Keywords: Indian River; Malabar II culture; fishers-shellfish collectors; Ais Indians

Chapter.  7096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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