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By Reid Badger, Lawrence A. Clayton, Dr. Marvin T. Smith, Bruce D. Smith, Richard A. Krause, Eugene Lyon, Charles Hudson, Jeffrey P. Brain, Chester B. DePratter, Hazel P. Coker, William S. Coker, Michale C. Scardaville, Wilcomb Washburn, James B. Griffin

Born of a priority with Alabama's previous and the necessity to discover and clarify that legacy, this publication brings jointly the nation's top students at the prehistory and early historical past of Alabama and the southeastern U.S. protecting issues starting from the Mississippian interval in archaeology and the de Soto day trip (and different early ecu explorations and settlements of Alabama) to the 1780 Siege of cellular, it is a accomplished and readable number of scholarship on early Alabama.

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One of these goals, we think, was temple mound building. Temple mounds apparently played a dual social role. On one hand, Mississippian mounds were tangible representations of the right to legitimate exercise of power and authority by a select few. On the other, they represented the community'S wealth, glory, and capability. 65 Then too, Mississippian mounds required massed manpower to construct-manpower thus committed to the authority the mounds represented. At the same time, working toward a common goal promoted worker solidarity, if suitable rewards were forthcoming.

At any rate, it was from the protean base provided by early hunters and harvesters, whether in Mexico, the Great Plains, or elsewhere, that the events of succeeding millennia shaped a rich diversity of lifestyles. For the next 6,000 years the multiplex web of human, animal, and plant relationships expanded and intensified as the economies of hunting and gathering groups responded to the food potentials of different regions. , the Bighorn and Wyo22 TRENDS AND TRAJECTORIES IN AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY ming basins) possessed a Great Basin type of ecology; and stands of oak-hickory forest along upland tributaries were reduced or eliminated.

Further, if these putative colonial populations grew at a typical rate, and if Smith's 29 Richard A. Krause assertion that Mississippian peoples confined themselves to "linear, environmentally circumscribed flood plain habitats" is also correct, they should have filled the space available to them quite rapidly. 53 Once the available space was filled, we might expect either programs of land improvement, like those in Mexico or the Southwestern United States, or competition for unimproved lands and unmanaged natural resources.

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