Mound Sites of the Ancient South: A Guide to the Mississippian Chiefdoms

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University of Georgia Press
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7.83 X 0.6 X 10.21 inches | 1.61 pounds

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About the Author

ERIC E. BOWNE is an associate professor of anthropology at Arkansas Tech University. He is the author of The Westo Indians: Slave Traders of the Early Colonial South.


Mound Sites of the Ancient South: A Guide to the Mississippian Chiefdoms will go far in bringing the South's pre-Columbian past into our historical imaginations. Bowne leads the curious in exploring those places where ancient monuments rise up across the land to remind all that a wondrous and complex world existed before America. He offers a succinct, yet thorough, overview of the Mississippian Period and then lengthy treatments of some select sites. As a guide, it is magnificent; but I predict the book will also have wide appeal in undergraduate courses and as a reference for many scholars and others interested in the precontact Southeast.

--Robbie Ethridge "author of From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasion and the Transformation of the Mis sissippian World, 1540-1715 "

Eric Bowne has produced an excellent guide to Mississippian archaeological parks in the eastern United States. The book places each site in context, while discussing what can be seen today. This book would be the basis for a great road trip!

--Marvin T. Smith "author of Coosa: The Rise and Fall of a Southeastern Mississippian Chiefdom "

This guide is primarily intended for people who want to visit archaeological sites and museums where they can see the physical remains, scholarly interpretations, and artistic representations of Mississippian chiefdoms. In clear language and using well-chosen drawings, photographs, and artists' representations, Bowne gives summary descriptions of the more important Mississippian sites, with histories of the research that has been done on them, and with brief narrative accounts of our present understanding of the historical experience of the chiefdoms to which they belonged. For laymen, this book will be a treasured introduction and guidebook to the Ancient South. For undergraduates, it will be a handy introduction to what is by now a vast archaeological and historical literature. And for adventurous high school students, it will open doors of understanding to an unsuspected world.

--from the foreword by Charles M. Hudson