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While the causes of Mississippian development continue to elude us and can only remain in the realm of speculation, the consequences have been transformed from theoretical issues to documented facts. The scientific technology available to the biological anthropologist has aided in this interpretation of the impact of the Mississippian development on the biology of the populations. Earlier theoretical discussions maintained the notion of "progress," in which each stage of cultural development was seen as an improvement upon the latter and therefore beneficial to the descendants of the previous stage.

1984b:278) 18 • George]. Arme/agos and M. Cassandra Hill cial organization, energy sources available, and variety of information processed by the group (Sanders and Webster 1978:261). In addition to these constraints, the environment also contains stressors. Stressors are any physical, chemical, biological, social, or psychological insults that threaten an individual's or population's equilibrium within the environment. These stressors can be physical factors such as extremes in temperature or physical forces that cause trauma, chemical insults such as toxins that may be found in the plants, or biological factors such as bacteria that cause disease.

The analyses of populations from Alabama conducted by Hill (1979, 1981a, 1981b, 1983, 1984, 1985a, 1985b), Cole et aL (1982), and Powell (1983, 1985b) indicate a pattern of peak stress very similar to that of the populations from Illinois analyzed by Cook (see Figure 2-3). The geographic area encompasses the entire central portion of the state and includes three of the four major waterways: the Tombigbee, Black Warrior, and Alabama rivers. The selected population samples are all either contemporaneous or ancestral to each other.

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