An Archaeological Study of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians

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Author: Blitz, John Howard

Year: 1985

Publisher: Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Place: Jackson


vi+115 pages with diagrams, plates, maps, charts and appendix. Quarto (11" x 8 1/2") issued in original publisher's wrappers. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Archaeological Report number 16. Errata laid in. First edition.

Because previous archaeological investigation of the Choctaw was minimal, the research has focused on the collection of basic archaeological data. The principal goals of the present research was to locate a representative sample of Choctaw sites; use the available historical and archaeological data to confirm the ethnic identity of the sites and associated artifacts as Choctaw; and analyze the site location data for patterns that could be interpreted with historical descriptions of Choctaw settlements. The study is organized in the following manner. Chapter 2 is ethnographic profile of early historic Choctaw society. Choctaw political institutions, social organization, and subsistence patterns are summarized, and the effects of Euro-American acculturation examined. Chapter 3 reviews previous archaeological and historical research relevant to Choctaw society and prehistory. Chapter 4 presents the results of an archaeological survey in the traditional Choctaw Homeland in east-central Mississippi. Chapter 5, a Choctaw ceramic complex for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century is proposed. In Chapter 6, the research results of the study are summarized and evaluated. Finally, Appendix A presents descriptions of artifacts associated with Choctaw archaeological sites, and Appendix B presents a copy of Tribal Resolution 141-81 of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.


A near fine copy with old price sticker partially removed from back wrapper.

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