From the foreword: "With this important volume, the editors serve notice that old characterizations of the cultures of the Archaic period have been buried under the back dirt of new excavations and new interpretations. . . . It places the Archaic cultures squarely at the forefront of archaeological theory."This volume summarizes our archaeological knowledge of natives who inhabited the American Southeast from 8,000 to 3,000 years ago and examines evidence of many of the native cultural expressions observed by early European explorers, including long-distance exchange, plant domestication, mound building, social ranking, and warfare. ContentsSection I. Mid-Holocene Environments1. Geoarchaeology and the Mid-Holocene Landscape History of the Greater Southeast, by Joseph Schuldenrein2. Mid-Holocene Forest History of Florida and the Coastal Plain of Georgia and South Carolina, by William A. Watts, Eric C. Grimm, and T. C. HusseySection II. Technology3. Changing Strategies of Lithic Technological Organization, by Daniel S. Amick and Philip J. Carr4. Technological Innovations in Economic and Social Contexts, by Kenneth E. Sassaman5. Middle and Late Archaic Architecture, by Kenneth E. Sassaman and R. Jerald LedbetterSection III. Subsistence and Health6. The Paleoethnobotanical Record for the Mid-Holocene Southeast, by Kristen J. Gremillion7. Mid-Holocene Faunal Exploitation in the Southeastern United States, by Bonnie W. Styles and Walter E. Klippel8. Biocultural Inquiry into Archaic Period Populations of the Southeast: Trauma and Occupational Stress, by Maria O. SmithSection IV. Regional Settlement Variation9. Approaches to Modeling Regional Settlement in the Archaic Period Southeast, by David G. Anderson10. Southeastern Mid-Holocene Coastal Settlements, by Michael Russo11. Accounting for Submerged Mid-Holocene Archaeological Sites in the Southeast: A Case Study from the Chesapeake Bay Estuary, Virginia, by Dennis B. BlantonSection V. Regional Integration and Organization12. The Emergence of Long-Distance Exchange Networks in the Southeastern United States, by Richard W. Jefferies13. A Consideration of the Social Organization of the Shell Mound Archaic, by Cheryl P. Claassen14. Southeastern Archaic Mounds, by Michael Russo15. Poverty Point and Greater Southeastern Prehistory: The Culture That Did Not Fit, by Jon L. GibsonKenneth E. Sassaman is archaeologist with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, and instructor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Augusta College, Augusta, Georgia. He is the author of "Early Pottery in the Southeast: Tradition and Innovation in Cooking Technology." David G. Anderson is archaeologist with the Southeast Archaeological Center, National Park Service, Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of "The Savannah River Chiefdoms: Political Change in the Late Prehistoric Southeast." They are coeditors of "The Paleoindian and Early Archaic Southeast."