The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times

The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times


Edited by Catherine S. Fowler, Edited by Don D. Fowler, Contributions by J. M. Adovasio, Contributions by Richard V. N. Ahlstrom, Contributions by C. Melvin Aikens, Contributions by Pat Barker, Contributions by Charlotte Beck, Contributions by Robert L. Bettinger, Contributions by Tom Connolly, Contributions by Robert Elston

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  • Publisher: School of American Research Press,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 166 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 284mm x 23mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Fe
  • ISBN 10: 1930618956
  • ISBN 13: 9781930618954

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This book is about a place, the Great Basin of western North America, and about the lifeways of Native American people who lived there during the past 13,000 years. The authors highlight the ingenious solutions people devised to sustain themselves in a difficult environment. The Great Basin is a semiarid and often harsh land, but one with life-giving oases. As the weather fluctuated from year to year, and the climate from decade to decade or even from one millennium to the next, the availability of water, plants, and animals also fluctuated. Only people who learned the land intimately and could read the many signs of its changing moods were successful. The evidence of their success is often subtle and difficult to interpret from the few and fragile remains left behind for archaeologists to discover. These ancient fragments of food and baskets, hats and hunting decoys, traps and rock art and the lifeways they reflect are the subject of this well-illustrated book.

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