By Philip Phillips, James A. Ford, James B. Griffin, Albert Gordon, Paul Gebhard, Donna Dickerson, Caroline Gebhard
A Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication
A vintage paintings by way of 3 vital students who record prehistoric human career alongside the decrease reaches of the continent's greatest river.
The decrease Mississippi Survey used to be initiated in 1939 as a joint project of 3 associations: the varsity of Geology at Louisiana nation college, the Museum of Anthropology on the college of Michigan, and the Peabody Museum at Harvard. Fieldwork started in 1940 yet used to be halted in the course of the struggle years. while fieldwork resumed in 1946, James Ford had joined the yank Museum of average background, which assumed cosponsorship from LSU. the aim of the decrease Mississippi Survey (LMS)—a time period used to spot either the fieldwork and the consequent volume—was to enquire the northern two-thirds of the alluvial valley of the reduce Mississippi River, approximately from the mouth of the Ohio River to Vicksburg. This region covers approximately 350 miles and were lengthy considered as one of many central sizzling spots in jap North American archaeology.
Phillips, Ford, and Griffin surveyed over 12,000 sq. miles, pointed out 382 archaeological websites, and analyzed over 350,000 potsherds to be able to outline ceramic typologies and identify a couple of cultural sessions. The dedication of those students to constructing a coherent figuring out of the archaeology of the realm, in addition to their mutual admire for each other, enabled the ebook of what's now in most cases thought of the bible of southeastern archaeology. initially released in 1951 as quantity 25 of the Papers of the Peabody Museum of yank Archaeology and Ethnology, this paintings has been lengthy out of print.
Because Stephen Williams served for 35 years as director of the LMS at Harvard, succeeding Phillips, and used to be heavily linked to the authors in the course of their lifetimes, his new advent bargains a vast evaluate of the work's impression and price, putting it in a modern context.
"Meant for the professional and proficient layman, it units a regular for archaeological studies."—Journal of the West
"One of the real classics within the box. . . awfully influential over the a long time. . . . bettering this undying quantity, the hot variation includes 4 very necessary indexes (general, website descriptors, pottery descriptors, and different artifacts). . . .This ebook shouldn't be an outdated tome accumulating airborne dirt and dust at the shelf, yet a source in consistent use for reference and concept. scholars of archaeology should still learn it for example of 1 of the 1st nice syntheses. no one may still behavior archaeological learn within the Southeast with no understanding it."—Journal of Alabama Archaeology
"For an individual who has attempted hard and long to discover a replica of the unique, this reprinted quantity is a godsend. . . . to claim that this 1951 research is a vintage is an important understatement. not just did the amount set the root for far of the learn carried out in the LMV because that point, it had an important imapct upon how that learn used to be (and nonetheless is) performed. Names of a few of the sessions, cultures, and pottery varieties (even a few pottery kinds) that this day are in most cases hired around the sector owe their genesis to PF&G. . . . No archaeologist operating within the LMV, and definitely none in the nation of Mississippi, may be and not using a reproduction. . . . there isn't any excuse to not have this examine now that it truly is on hand back at an inexpensive rate. should you don't but have a duplicate, move get one now! you may be very completely satisfied that you simply did."—Mississippi Archaeology