Written by Philip Phillips, James A. Ford, James B. Griffin
Edited and with a New Introduction by Stephen Williams
A classic work by three important scholars who document prehistoric human occupations along the lower reaches of the continent’s largest river.
The purpose of the Lower Mississippi Survey (LMS)—a term used to identify both the fieldwork and the resultant volume—was to investigate the northern two-thirds of the alluvial valley of the lower Mississippi River, roughly from the mouth of the Ohio River to Vicksburg. The area had been long regarded as one of the principal hot spots in American archaeology. Phillips, Ford, and Griffin surveyed more than 12,000 square miles, identified 382 archaeological sites, and analyzed in excess of 350,000 potsherds in order to define ceramic typologies and establish a number of cultural periods. Originally published in 1951 as volume 25 of the Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, this work has been long out of print.