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This significant precis of the present nation of archaeological learn at the speedy Creek tradition is the 1st finished assortment ever released in regards to the rapid Creek people.The rapid Creek humans, based in Georgia and surrounding states from A.D. a hundred to seven hundred, are top identified from their pottery, which used to be adorned sooner than firing with attractive paddle-stamped designs--some of the main elaborate and engaging within the world.Comprehensive in scope, this quantity info the invention of this tradition, summarizes what's recognized approximately it this present day, and indicates how persevered advancements within the assortment and research of archaeological info are advancing our wisdom of this extinct society.Although they recognize not anything of speedy Creek language and little approximately its society, archaeologists have accrued important information regarding the commercial innovations of speedy Creek population. What archaeologists understand most sensible, in spite of the fact that, is that the rapid Creek humans have been the very best wooden carvers the realm has visible, and their pottery will stand as their lasting legacy forever. This e-book offers and preserves their legacy.
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Extra resources for A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture
Archaeological excavations took place on a small Indian mound near the banks of Swift Creek, an obscure little stream just northeast of Macon. The excavations there were a small part of a major depression-era archaeological project designed to put people back to work in simple government-sponsored projects. The pottery from this site was immediately recognized by Arthur R. Kelly, who was in charge of the excavations, as unique and distinct from the pottery of any other site excavated in the central Georgia area.
By temperament they are undisturbed by monotonous routine and opposed to hurry and bustle; by training they are docile, accustomed to unquestioning obedience; while by religion they have a great respect for the abodes of the dead" (Mcintyre 1939). Page 17 When the work began at Swift Creek, the site, in eastern Bibb County, comprised two mounds and a village area situated in a cultivated field. Using shovels and trowels, workers dug test trenches and carefully and methodically uncovered the story of the ancient inhabitants of the site.
In 1936, for example, he had excavated the Stubbs mound site south of Macon, which had a significant Swift Creek component Page 4 (Williams 1975). In addition, his work at the Cowart's Landing site further acquainted him with the Swift Creek material (Willey 1939). When he began his work in Florida he quickly recognized the presence of a significant amount of Swift Creek pottery there as well, and he observed that the complicated Swift Creek pottery was virtually always found in association with a wide variety of plain, incised, and punctated pottery that had not been present in central Georgia.