By Thomas J. Pluckhahn
The first finished and systematic research of a forest interval ceremonial center.
Kolomoki, the most outstanding archaeological websites within the southeastern usa, contains a minimum of 9 huge earthen mounds within the decrease Chattahoochee River valley of southwest Georgia. the most important, Mound A, rises nearly 20 meters above the terrace that borders it. From its flat-topped summit, a customer can survey the string of smaller mounds that shape an arc to the south and west.
Archaeological learn had formerly put Kolomoki in the Mississippian interval (ca. A.D. 1000-1500) basically due to the dimension and type of the mounds. yet this publication offers information for the most interval of profession and mound building that be sure an past date, within the forest interval (ca. A.D. 350-750). even supposing the long-standing confusion over Kolomoki’s courting has now been settled, questions stay in regards to the lifeways of its population. Thomas Pluckhahn's study has recovered facts about the point of web site profession and the home kinds and day-by-day lives of its dwellers. He offers right here a brand new, revised heritage of Kolomoki from its founding to its eventual abandonment, with specific consciousness to the economic climate and rite on the settlement.
This research makes a huge contribution to the certainty of center diversity societies, relatively the style within which rite may either point and intensify prestige differentiation inside of them. It offers a readable review of 1 of an important yet traditionally least understood prehistoric local American websites within the United States.