Howey Pens Book on Earthen Structures

Howey Pens Book on Earthen Structures

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Meghan C. L. Howey, assistant professor of anthropology/archaeology recently published “Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, 1200–1600” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2012).

From publisher's website: 

Rising above the northern Michigan landscape, prehistoric burial mounds and impressive circular earthen enclosures bear witness to the deep history of the region’s ancient indigenous peoples. These mounds and earthworks have long been treated as isolated finds and have never been connected to the social dynamics of the time in which they were constructed, a period called Late Prehistory.

In “Mound Builders and Monument Makers of the Northern Great Lakes, 1200–1600” Howey uses archaeology to make this connection. She shows how indigenous communities of the northern Great Lakes used earthen structures as gathering places for ritual and social interaction, which maintained connected egalitarian societies in the process.