Case Studies of Cultural Transformation from the Southeast and Caribbean
Archaeological Adaptation: Case Studies of Cultural Transformation from the Southeast and Caribbean honors the work of longtime University of Tennessee anthropology professor Gerald Schroedl, whose career encompassed fieldwork and research in both prehistoric and historic archaeology. Schroedl’s early career often focused its analysis on Mississippian and Cherokee sites, while his later years found him delving into historic archaeology in the Caribbean. Revisiting these touchstones of Schroedl’s work, editor C. Clifford Boyd here gathers essays around the disciplinary theme of documentation and analysis of change. Contributors study excavations in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, wider southern Appalachia, and the Caribbean, providing insight into Native American, African American, and English civilizations. Artifacts, architecture, human and structural remains, and climatic and environmental factors yield insight into changing settlement patterns, tribal practices, material culture, economic and political power relations, and health and nutrition. A preface tracing Schroedl’s career and an afterword addressing developments in archaeological theory round out the volume.
CLIFFORD BOYD JR. is a professor of anthropological sciences at Radford University and the co-director of the Radford University Forensic Science Institute. His recent publications include Forensic Anthropology: Theoretical Framework and Scientific Basis, edited with his wife, Donna Boyd.