Chiefdom on the Cumberland: The History and Evolution of Middle Tennessee Archaeology

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For all practical purposes, archaeology in one form or another has been ongoing for over two centuries in many areas of Tennessee. Indeed, the once abundant vestiges of the late prehistoric past in the central Cumberland Valley were first noticed at least as early as the 1790s. It is unfortunate, however, that the disproportionate level of attention long directed to the thousands of stone lined graves in the region has resulted in this now vanished and enigmatic culture frequently being perceived as a death cult rather than a once vibrant society. Intended as a guide for advanced students and the interested public alike, this volume represents an extended personal inquiry into two interrelated topics: (1) the little-known history and folklore of archaeological explorations in the central Cumberland Valley during the 19th century; and (2) what we have learned from both these early pioneering efforts and more modern studies with an emphasis on interpreting the social organization of the populous late prehistoric Native American culture herein defined as the Cumberlandia chiefdom which formerly occupied this region.

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Donald B. Ball is a native of Middle Tennessee and holds a BS degree (1970) in history from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and a MA degree (1977) in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Now retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, he resides in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to the history of archaeology in Tennessee and prehistoric archaeology of the southeastern United States and Cumberland and Ohio valleys, his varied research interests include the history and technology of 19th century flour and grist mills, traditional architecture and material folk culture (focus on the Upland South), 19th century industrial and rural historic archaeology, identification and analysis of archaeologically recovered firearms and related materials, the history of firearms, spelean history, diverse aspects of the history of Tennessee, and Indian remnant and mixed-blood populations of the southeastern United States and Ohio Valley. Don currently serves as editor of two regional journals, Ohio Valley Historical Archaeology and The Millstone: Journal of the Kentucky Old Mill Association.

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Ball provides a complete look at a pioneering archaeologists work in Tennessee. For those interested in what was found in the early days of antiquarian collecting in the Cumberland River Valley, this book is essential. Details on sites, now destroyed, throughout Tennessee are presented in capsule form. A great deal of data, previously unavailable, is now accessible with Balls work.

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