Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Trail That Never Grows Cold

USA Today has a story about recent archaeological discoveries in Georgia and what they may tell us about the much-debated route Hernando De Soto took across the Southeast more than 460 years ago. The work of UGA professor emeritus Charles Hudson is discussed at length.

Hudson is the author of KNIGHTS OF SPAIN, WARRIORS OF THE SUN: HERNANDO DE SOTO AND THE SOUTH’S ANCIENT CHIEFDOMS. As he maps out de Soto's route in the book, Hudson blends archaeology, history, and geography with a writing style that the
Times Literary Supplement said "brought alive the world changed by Hernando de Soto and the consequences for those whose home it was."

The foremost authority on the Indians of the Southeast, Charles Hudson is the author or editor of numerous books, including BLACK DRINK: A NATIVE AMERICAN TEA and THE FORGOTTEN CENTURIES: INDIANS AND EUROPEANS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1521-1704. UGA Press has also just reissued two more works by Hudson that have been out of print: FOUR CENTURIES OF SOUTHERN INDIANS and THE CATAWBA NATION.

For a fascinating look at the nitty-gritty details of anthropological fieldwork, pick up a copy of LOOKING FOR DE SOTO: A SEARCH THROUGH THE SOUTH FOR THE SPANIARD'S TRAIL. Author Joyce Rockwood Hudson is a highly regarded layperson among professional anthropologists in the Southeast. She is also Charles Hudson's spouse and his longtime travelling companion.