I hope that you had a fun holiday and enjoy the first day of this new year.
I expect that this year will bring many new interesting stories for me to share with you. As always, I will forward those along that are interesting. I cannot guarantee that they are all true, but I will do my best to weed out the hoaxes.
I do not know about you, but for me, I get frustrated with those people who try to skew the facts that we uncover. And, the more we find, the more we know that our ancient history is far more interesting than we are led to believe. I just wish that Jim and Bill Vieira could find a big skeleton for us to see, but at this point, I really don’t care. I think that the photos, Indian Legends, and newspaper journal reports, and colonists’ diaries are sufficient to support the notion that a race of giants once ruled North America.
Anyway, here’s my first share for this New Year! A new book that talks about the Mississippians. Were they the Toltecs, Mayans, Aztecs…. I will order this to learn the mysteries of this culture.
Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt
Medieval Mississippians, the eighth volume in the award-winning Popular Archaeology Series, introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America—the “Mississippian” era—via a series of colorful chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past. The volume lays out the basic contours of the early centuries of this era (AD 1000–1300) in the Mississippian heartland, making connections to later centuries and contemporary peoples. Cahokia the place and Cahokian social history undergird the book, but Mississippian material culture, landscapes, and descendants are highlighted, presenting a balanced view of the Mississippian world.
Contributors: Susan M. Alt, Sarah E. Baires, Danielle M. Benden, Robert F. Boszhardt, Charles R. Cobb, Robert Cook, Marisa Miakonda Cummings, Thomas E. Emerson,Michael G. Farkas, Megan C. Kassabaum, Adam King,Brad H. Koldehoff, Fred Limp, John W. O’Hear, Timothy R. Pauketat, Angie Payne, Staffan Peterson, Donna J. Rausch, William F. Romain, Vincas P. Steponaitis, Amber M. VanDerwarker, Greg D. Wilson, Snow Winters, Thomas J. Zych
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- “Pauketat and Alt have done an impressive job of bringing twenty-eight archaeologists and Native Americans together to produce seventeen essays about the complex Mississippian culture, its many settlements, and how they related to each other and the ancient urban center of Cahokia, the largest prehistoric community in America, but still followed their own regional trajectories. The narratives are presented in a manner easily understood by the general reader but they are also of value to archaeologists and others fascinated with prehistory and culture. With each chapter, one learns more about the Mississippian world—its people, places, beliefs, and material culture—as it rose, flourished, and diminished. The numerous illustrations reveal the accomplishments of this ancient cultural tradition, how its world was organized, and the skill of its artisans.”
—William R. Iseminger, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
- “This book elevates the Mississippians to a rightful place among the world’s greatest civilizations. Accessible and engaging, Medieval Mississippians brings to life the towns, mounds, temples, and technologies and of an astonishing culture that spanned the eastern United States eight hundred years ago. Even better, editors Pauketat and Alt crafted this work to reveal the breadth and range of Mississippian life, to explain how archaeologists work, and to remind readers that the Mississippians, far from being a lost people, have thousands of descendants living and working (including at archaeology) in the Mississippi Valley today. ”
—April K. Sievert, Indiana University