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Household Archaeology, Settlement Patterns, and Social Power
Mark W. Mehrer
"A new and insightful synthesis of change in late prehistoric Mississippian communities.... A pace-setting example of archaeological research."—Choice
"A valuable contrast to the traditional focus on big sites and prominent mounds.... Lively debates over issues raised...will undoubtedly continue for a long time."
In this first comprehensive analysis of several recently uncovered sites in the American Bottom region, Mehrer focuses on household archaeology to shed light on the daily lives of the Mississippian people. He examines the objects of daily use—domestic and ceremonial buildings, storage and processing pits, mundane and exotic artifacts—to reconstruct the framework of everyday life and to show how the routines of early native people changed with time. New findings reveal the changing roles of households in their communities, exposing a social order more complex than previously thought.
(1995) 231 pp., illus.
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