By Mark Williams, Daniel T. Elliott, Rebecca Saunders, Alan Marsh, Buddy Calvin Jones, D. Keith Stephenson, Daniel T. Penton, Betty A. Smith, Douglas Sun, Frankie Snow, Jennifer Freer-Harris, Judith A. Bense, Karl T. Steinen, Keith Ashley, Louis Daniel Tesar
This significant precis of the present kingdom of archaeological study at the fast Creek tradition is the 1st finished assortment ever released about the speedy Creek people.The fast Creek humans, headquartered in Georgia and surrounding states from A.D. a hundred to seven-hundred, are top identified from their pottery, which was once embellished ahead of firing with appealing 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 endured advancements within the assortment and research of archaeological information are advancing our wisdom of this extinct society.Although they comprehend not anything of speedy Creek language and little approximately its society, archaeologists have gathered worthy information regarding the industrial recommendations of speedy Creek population. What archaeologists understand most sensible, in spite of the fact that, is that the fast Creek humans have been the very best wooden carvers the area has noticeable, and their pottery will stand as their lasting legacy forever. This ebook provides and preserves their legacy.
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Extra resources for A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture
These Native Americans, certainly represented by many different unknown ethnic groups, have come to be known to archaeologists as the Swift Creek people. Unfortunately, and certainly ironically, not a single wood carving from these people has survived the ravages of time and been preserved to the twentieth century. All that we know of their magnificent wood-carving tradition comes from the images of carved wooden paddles that were impressed into the wet clay walls of their ceramic vessels. These pots, when fired, preserved a decorative art style that is timeless in its beauty and evocative of a different and fascinating way of seeing the world.
Nowhere in Tennessee is Swift Creek pottery found in any quantity (Jefferson Chapman, pers. ). A closely related ware, Pickwick Complicated Stamped, was defined in Pickwick Basin (Haag 1939a:12; Webb and DeJarnette 1942). Swift Creek design motifs appear on Pickwick limestone-tempered sherds, and, in many instances, temper may be the only distinction. Pickwick pottery is generally associated with the Middle Woodland period in Tennessee and Alabama; however, the problem with the Pickwick ceramic type is that it includes nearly all complicated stamped sherds on limestone-tempered paste and researchers have lumped together curvilinear and rectilinear motifs that may cover the period from Swift Creek to Etowah times.
Page 19 3 The Northern and Eastern Expression of Swift Creek Culture: Settlement in the Tennessee and Savannah River Valleys Daniel T. Elliott The Swift Creek type site, located on Swift Creek in Bibb County in central Georgia, was excavated in 1936 and 1937 (Kelly and Smith 1975). By 1939 the usual range of the Swift Creek Complicated Stamped ceramic type was listed as "Georgia, northwest Florida, perhaps north into the Tennessee Valley" (Haag 1939b). The pottery was seen as older than Macon Plateau and Lamar and approximately contemporaneous with Stallings Island fiber-tempered and Deptford check-stamped wares.
A World Engraved: Archaeology of the Swift Creek Culture by Mark Williams, Daniel T. Elliott, Rebecca Saunders, Alan Marsh, Buddy Calvin Jones, D. Keith Stephenson, Daniel T. Penton, Betty A. Smith, Douglas Sun, Frankie Snow, Jennifer Freer-Harris, Judith A. Bense, Karl T. Steinen, Keith Ashley, Louis Daniel Tesar