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The Place of the Amerindian in the Origin of the Southern Appalachian Grass Balds

  • James F. Metress


An examination and critical reappraisal of the ecological and historical explanations concerning the origin of the grass bald areas of the Southern Appalachian summits. The possibility that the activity of Amerindians could have led to the formation of the balds as archaeological disclimax will be reexamined and proposals for future research will be suggested.


Susceptible Zone Blue Ridge Great Smoky Mountain Southern Appalachian Mountain Indian Occupation 
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  • James F. Metress
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  1. 1.The University of ToledoToledoUSA

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