Prehistoric Man and His Environments - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127629506, 9781483220734

Prehistoric Man and His Environments

1st Edition

A Case Study in the Ozark Highland

Editors: W. Raymond Wood R. Bruce McMillan
eBook ISBN: 9781483220734
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1976
Page Count: 286
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Description

Prehistoric Man and His Environments: A Case Study in the Ozark Highland offers a preliminary model for the paleoecology of the western Ozark Highland in Missouri for the last 35,000 years and an interpretation of how humans have adapted to and exploited the area for the 10,500 years they are known to have lived there. The model, a set of hypotheses that includes a putative explanatory framework for the observations made at Ozark, is based on more than a decade of interdisciplinary fieldwork.

Comprised of 14 chapters, this volume begins with a background on the interdisciplinary studies undertaken in the Pomme de Terre River Valley. The research has centered on the post-glacial deposits at the Rodgers Shelter and on five nearby spring bogs, each of which contained the bones of extinct mammals, pollen, and other material dating from late Pleistocene and early Holocene times. The archaeological investigations and subsequent analyses of these sites are discussed in detail. Sedimentary processes, changing subsistence patterns, material culture, and human burials at Rodgers Shelter are then analyzed. The final chapter describes the direction of research in the Ozark Highland, including plans to test aspects of the proposed model.

This book will be of interest to anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, geologists, and botanists.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Acknowledgments


I The Program


1 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Pomme de Terre River Valley


2 The Pomme de Terre Study Locality: Its Setting


Geography and Geology


Mineral Resources


Soils


Climate


Flora


Historical Models


Fauna


References


II Quaternary Environments


3 Late Quaternary Geology of the Lower Pomme de Terre Valley


Older Terrace Deposits


Intermediate Terrace Deposits


Floodplain Deposits


Summary and Conclusions


References


4 Late Quaternary Biotic Records from Spring Deposits in Western Missouri


Flora and Radiocarbon Dates


Fauna


Discussion and Summary


References


III The Question of Man's Antiquity


5 Man and Mastodon: A Review of Koch's 1840 Pomme de Terre Expeditions


The St. Louis Museum


Koch's Fossil Discoveries


The Osage Country


The Missouri Leviathan


An Evaluation


References


6 Archaeological Investigations at the Pomme de Terre Springs


Trolinger Spring


Boney Spring


Koch Spring


References


IV Man and his Environment


7 Rodgers Shelter: A Record of Cultural and Environmental Change


Physical Description


Excavation Strategies


Correlation of Levels


8 Sedimentary Processes at Rodgers Shelter


Analytical Procedures and Results


Rodgers Shelter Stratigraphy


References

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No. of pages:
286
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1976
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483220734

About the Editor

W. Raymond Wood

R. Bruce McMillan

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