Archaeology of the Lower Ohio River Valley by Jon Muller PDF

By Jon Muller

ISBN-10: 1598744518

ISBN-13: 9781598744514

Although it's been occupied for as lengthy and possesses a mound-building culture of substantial scale and curiosity, Muller contends that the archaeology of the reduce Ohio River Valley—from the confluence with the Mississippi to the falls at Louisville, Kentucky – is still much less recognized that that of the frilly mound-building cultures of the higher valley. This learn presents a synthesis of archaeological paintings performed within the zone, emphasizing inhabitants development and edition inside of an ecological framework in an try to clarify the area’s cultural evolution.

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Each of these, to a greater or lesser degree, is characterized by broad bottomlands that become the focus of human settlement, especially in Late Prehistoric times. In addition, each of these river junctions is important as a node of communication networks that employed the river systems as highways. No less than today, the main streams linked the area together rather than serving as boundaries. Because of the great degree of change through time I it is not possible to divide the valley into regions and localities that are consistent for each period of occupation, but the stream junctions and the environments and opportunities associated with them do provide a useful, if not static.

Environment, of the Lower Ohio Vailey the Ohio, both the environment and the archaeology seem to take on a pronounced northeastern flavor. In earlier times, the cultures here were much more Woodland in character than was the case downstream. The environment surrounding the valley up to the Salt River ,>,,'as Eastern Woodlands in character, but there are many subtle but pervasjve differences that are reflected today in population differences and land-use practices in this portion of the lower Ohio Valley.

Altogether, the climate is favorable for plant growth, and the natural resources of the area reflect the great diversity in the landscape. There is a real problem for archaeologists in assessing climate; namely, is the Climate, Vegetation, and Landforms 29 present climate a useful key to the prehistoric environment? There is now ample evidence that the major aspects of the modern environment were present in the recent past. By this I mean that the environment of the last 10,000 years has not had the dramatic shifts characteristic of the earlier glacial episodes.

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