Alabama and the Borderlands: From Prehistory to Statehood by Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce PDF

By Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin

ISBN-10: 0817302085

ISBN-13: 9780817302085

Born of a priority with Alabama's previous and the necessity to discover and clarify that legacy, this publication brings jointly the nation's top students at the prehistory and early heritage of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. protecting issues starting from the Mississippian interval in archaeology and the de Soto day trip (and different early eu explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of cellular, it is a finished and readable selection of scholarship on early Alabama.

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Krause als seem to have been similar for most groups. Under such conditions, seasonal differences in intergroup surpluses must have been minimal; trade in foodstuffs, raw materials, or indigenous manufactured goods must have been restricted; and the economic incentives for supracommunity management of social and natural resources must have been limited. Yet the foundations of a kinship-based, internally ranked authority structure must have been laid in these early communities. The earliest suprahousehold forms of authority were probably a response to the need for conflict resolution and the need to organize and schedule community labor.

The American Bottom, from the mouth of the Kaskaskia to that of the Cahokia River, was rich in natural foods and its nutrient soils were suitable for cultivation. Among the several mound groups, which he believed to number some ISO mounds, were many small rises which seemed to reflect order in their placement. Near them were fragments of pottery and pieces of flint. His estimate of the population of the American Bottom was that it was equivalent to Philadelphia's and its vicinity. l His concluding observation, made without the benefit of having studied anthropology, is also of interest: /I Amongst a numerous population, the power of the chief must necessarily be more absolute, and where there are no laws, degenerates mto despotism.

If, however, population continues to grow, with no relief by emigration, demographic stress will again assert its influence, promoting competition for available resources and inciting conquest warfare. Conquest warfare, with its incorporation of vanquished by victor, will lead, we presume, to multicommunity forms of economic integration and will produce the administrative apparatus that is needed to direct and control newly acquired human and natural resources. 33 For state formation by means of the market, we must assume that a multicommunity exchange network, in an area characterized by an uneven distribution of resources, became focused upon a 24 TRENDS AND TRAJECTORIES IN AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY strategically located settlement and converted it to a trade center.

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Alabama and the Borderlands: From Prehistory to Statehood by Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin


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