Ancient Chiefdoms of the Tombigbee
By: John H. Blitz (author)Paperback
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Within the last 50 years archaeologists have discovered that around the 10th century AD, native Southeastern peoples began a process of cultural change far more complex than anything that had occurred previously. These late prehistoric societies - known as Mississippian - have come to be regarded as chiefdoms. The chiefdoms are of great anthropological interest because in these kinds of societies social hierarchies - or rank and status - were first institutionalised. In this book, Blitz focuses on both the small- and large-scale Mississippian societies in the Tombigbee-Black Warrior River region of Alabama and Mississippi. He concludes that the sanctified, security maintenance roles of communal food storage management and war leadership were a sufficient basis for formal chiefly authority but insufficient for economically based social stratification. This book is a Dan Josselyn memorial publication.
John H. Blitz (Ph.D., City University of New York, 1991) is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama.
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