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The distribution of Late Archaic shell rings in the American Southeast. 2010 TWO SHELL RINGS ON ST. CATHERINES ISLAND thought to be temporally limited to the Late Archaic. Recent research however (Schwadron, chap. 6, this volume and Russo, chap 7, this volume) suggests that shell rings continued to be constructed during the Early Woodland, especially in Florida. Beyond their morphology, other cultural characteristics of the Late Archaic rings have provoked lively discussions within the archaeological community.

Catherines Island Cannon’s Point Oxeye Meig’s Pasture Rollins FLORIDA Hill Cottage Reed Bonita Bay Horr’s Island K ILO M E TE RS 0 50 10 0 15 0 20 0 Fig. 1. The distribution of Late Archaic shell rings in the American Southeast. 2010 TWO SHELL RINGS ON ST. CATHERINES ISLAND thought to be temporally limited to the Late Archaic. Recent research however (Schwadron, chap. 6, this volume and Russo, chap 7, this volume) suggests that shell rings continued to be constructed during the Early Woodland, especially in Florida.

Climate Change and Poverty Point If climate-induced megaflooding impacted the Tamaroha, it would seem to have more to do with their birth and the founding of their capitol than it did directly with their disappearance. How so? 1. The ages of the megafloods themselves do not correspond very well with Poverty Point’s beginning or end—they seem to be off by a couple of centuries, either too late or too early respectively (Saunders, chap. 5, this volume). 2. The Tamaroha were geared for the water. Their domestic economy and enabling technology centered on fishing and gathering aquatic roots.

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