Information on social groups and boundaries, and on interaction between groups, burgeons when potrery appears on the social landscape of the Southeast in the Late Archaic period (ca. 5000-3000 years ago). This volume provides a broad, comparative review of current data from ""first potteries"" of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and in the lower Mississippi River Valley, and it presents research that expands our understanding of how pottery functioned in its earliest manifestations in this region. Included are discussions of Orange pottery in peninsular Florida, Stallings pottery in Georgia, Elliot's Point fiber-tempered pottery in the Florida panhandle, and the various pottery types found in excavations over the years at the Poverty Point site in northeastern Louisiana. The data and discussions demonstrate that there was much more interaction, and at an earlier date, than is often credited to Late Archaic societies. Indeed, extensive trade in pottery throughout the region occurs as early as 1500 B.C. These and other findings make this book indispensable to those involved in research into the origin and development of pottery in general and its unique history in the Southeast in particular.
Rebecca Saunders is Curator of Anthropology in the Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University. She is author of Stability and Change in Guale Indian Pottery, A.D. 1300-1702, also published by The University of Alabama Press. Christopher T. Hays is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Washington County.