Archaeology of Louisiana provides a groundbreaking and
up-to-date overview of archaeology in the Bayou State, including a
thorough analysis of the cultures, communities, and people of
Louisiana from the Native Americans of 13,000 years ago to the
modern historical archaeology of New Orleans. With eighteen
chapters and twenty-seven distinguished contributors, Archaeology
of Louisiana brings together the studies of some of the most
respected archaeologists currently working in the state, collecting
in a single volume a range of methods and theories to offer a
comprehensive understanding of the latest archaeological
In the past two decades alone, much new data has transformed our
knowledge of Louisiana's history. This collection, accordingly,
presents fresh perspectives based on current information, such as
the discovery that Native Americans in Louisiana constructed some
of the earliest-known monumental architecture in the world --
extensive earthen mounds -- during the Middle Archaic period
(6000--2000 B.C.) Other contributors consider a variety of
subjects, such as the development of complex societies without
agriculture, underwater archaeology, the partnering of
archaeologists with the Caddo Nation and descendant communities,
and recent research in historical archaeology and cultural resource
management that promises to transform our current appreciation of
colonial Spanish, French, Creole, and African American experiences
in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Accessible and engaging, Archaeology of Louisiana provides a
complete and current archaeological reference to the state's unique
heritage and history.
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