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date: 12 November 2019

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This chapter discusses wetland occupations during the Paleoamerican, Archaic, Formative (Late Prehistoric), and early Historic times in the United States. Over a period of thousands of years, the ancient inhabitants of what is now the United States gradually added new subsistence and material items to their cultural inventory. These changes occurred so passively that they probably were not noticed from generation to generation. Except for big-game hunters during the Late Pleistocene and semi-farmers after AD 1, the Native Americans maintained an Archaic existence. Pottery technology, a few cultivated plants, and trade goods were late prehistoric postscripts.

Keywords: Paleoamerican, Archaic, Formative, early Historic, wetland occupation, Native Americans, game hunters, semi-farmers, pottery

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