I would like to thank the members of my committee: Drs. Gerald Schroedl, Richard Jantz, Charles Faulkner, and Paul Delcourt for their support and advice in this research endeavor. I would especially like to thank Dr. Schroedl for our many discussions on Cherokee origins, as seen from a systems perspective, that ultimately led to this project. I would also like to thank Dr. William Bass and the Department of Anthropology for their support during my years as a graduate student.

Much of this project grew out of my exposure to the research endeavors of the Tellico Archaeological Project. I would like to thank Dr. Jefferson Chapman for his support and encouragement which made the numerous projects I worked on not only intellectually stimulating, but also fun. Of the many people I worked with, four can be singled out for their contributions to this study. I would like to thank Dr. Clifford Boyd and his wife Donna for their friendship and willingness to send me data after I left Knoxville. I want to thank Dr. Patricia Cridlebaugh for undertaking the difficult palynological research that helped provide the data that inspired and helped validate this model. Finally, I must thank Brett Riggs for our discussions that, in the early stages of formulation, help provide the central focus of this model.

While employed at the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, I received support from several individuals. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. John Cotter for his comments on the first few chapters and his enthusiastic support for this project. I would also like to thank Drs. Frank Johnston and Rueben Reina for their encouragement.


The production of the computational and graphics output was made possible through the resources of the Computing and Data Processing Department at Indiana and Purdue Universities at Fort Wayne. I would like to thank the director, Mr. Richard Ritchie, for his support; Ms. Rebecca Reece and Dr. Alan Federman for helping to edit early drafts; and Mr. Michael Mourey and Mr. Joseph Dillon for their support and technical expertise that made new equipment available when needed. I would like to thank my parents, William and Velma Baden for their support. I want to thank my father, in particular, for his sound advice on the accuracy of the practical farming concepts presented here. I would also like to thank my wife's parents Russell and Barbara Beal for their support. I would also not like to thank our cat, Tora, for picking the worst possible times to walk across my keyboard. Finally, thank you to my wife, Marla, for her tolerance of the inconveniences and persistence in encouraging me to finish. Without her love and support, this project could not have been completed.