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Book explores North American villages

The emergence of village societies out of hunter-gatherer groups profoundly transformed social relations in every part of the world where such communities formed.

Drawing on the latest archaeological and historical evidence, The Archaeology of Villages in Eastern North America explores the development of villages in eastern North America from the Late Archaic period to the 18th century. The volume is edited by Jennifer Birch and Victor Thompson, faculty members in the anthropology department of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Sites analyzed here include the Kolomoki village in Georgia, Mississippian communities in Tennessee, palisaded villages in the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia and Iroquoian settlements in New York and Ontario.

Highlighting the similarities and differences in the histories of village formation in the region, these essays trace the processes of negotiation, cooperation and competition that arose as part of village life and changed societies.