The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

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This volume explores 15,000 years of indigenous human history on the North American continent, drawing on the latest archaeological theories, time-honored methodologies, and rich datasets. From the Arctic south to the Mexican border and east to the Atlantic Ocean, all of the major cultural developments are covered in 53 chapters, with certain periods, places, and historical problems receiving special focus by the volume's authors. Questions like who first peopled the continent, what did it mean to have been a hunter-gatherer in the Great Basin versus the California coast, how significant were cultural exchanges between Native North Americans and Mesoamericans, and why do major historical changes seem to correspond to shifts in religion, politics, demography, and economy are brought into focus. The practice of archaeology itself is discussed as contributors wrestle with modern-day concerns with the implications of doing archaeology and its relevance for understanding ourselves today. In the end, the chapters in this book show us that the principal questions answered about human history through the archaeology of North America are central to any larger understanding of the relationships between people, cultural identities, landscapes, and the living of everyday life.show more

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  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 30.48mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 83 l/a; 95 h/t
  • 0195380118
  • 9780195380118

About Timothy Pauketat

Timothy R. Pauketat is an Archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.show more

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If any editor is to be given special praise for his work, vision and services to the cause of clarity, then it is Timothy Pauketat. His handbook, marshalling the contributions of 62 authors, is a model of organisation * Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity *show more

Table of contents

Section 1. Histories, Perspectives, and Definitions ; 1. Questioning the Past in North America, Timothy R. Pauketat ; 2. Hunter-Gatherer Theory in North American Archaeology, Kenneth E. Sassaman and Asa R. Randall ; 3. Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native Peoples, Joe Watkins ; Section 2. Pan-American Connections, Migrations, and Encounters ; 4. Historical Archaeology and Native Agency across the Spanish Borderlands, David Hurst Thomas ; 5. Some Commonalities Linking North America And Mesoamerica, Robert L. Hall ; 6. The North American Oikoumene, Peter N. Peregrine and Stephen H. Lekson ; 7. People, Plants, And Culinary Traditions, Deborah M. Pearsall ; 8. Early Paleoindians from Colonization to Folsom, Nicole Waguespack ; 9. Pleistocene Settlement in the East, David G. Anderson ; Section 3. Archaeological Histories and Cultural Processes ; I. Arctic and Subarctic ; 10. Adapting to a Frozen Coastal Environment, Robert W. Park ; 11. Rethinking Eastern Subarctic History, Donald H. Holly, Jr. and Moira Mccaffrey ; 12. Archaeology of the North Pacific, Herbert D. G. Maschner ; II. The West ; 13. Foundations for the Far West: Paleoindian Cultures on the Western Fringe of North America, Jon Erlandson and Todd J. Braje ; 14. Archaeology of the Northwest Coast, Herbert D. G. Maschner ; 15. The Winter Village Pattern on the Plateau of Northwestern North America, Anna Marie Prentiss ; 16. Great Basin Foraging Strategies, Christopher Morgan and Robert L. Bettinger ; 17. The Evolution of Social Organization, Settlement Patterns, and Population Densities in Prehistoric Owens Valley, Jelmer Eerkins ; 18. Mound Building by California Hunter-Gatherers, Kent G. Lightfoot and Edward M. Luby ; 19. Diversity, Exchange, and Complexity in the California Bight, Jennifer E. Perry ; 20. Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California, Stephen W. Silliman ; III. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Seaboard ; 21. Overview of the St. Lawrence Archaic through Woodland, Claude Chapdelaine ; 22. New England Algonquians: Navigating "Backwaters" and Typological Boundaries, Elizabeth S. Chilton ; 23. What Will Be Has Always Been: The Past and Present of Northern Iroquoians, Ronald F. Williamson ; 24. Regional Ritual Organization in the Northern Great Lakes, AD 1200-1600, Meghan C. L. Howey ; 25. Villagers and Farmers of the Middle and Upper Ohio River Valley, 11th to 17th Centuries AD: The Fort Ancient and Monongahela Traditions, Bernard K. Means ; 26. Native History in the Chesapeake: The Powhatan Chiefdom and Beyond, Martin Gallivan ; IV. Plains and Upper Midwest ; 27. Lifeways through Time in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and Northeastern Plains, Guy Gibbon ; 28. The Archaeological Imprint of Oral Traditions on the Landscape of Northern Plains Hunter-Gatherers, Gerald A. Oetelaar ; 29. Situating (Proto)History on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains, Laura L. Scheiber and Judson Byrd Finley ; 30. The Origins and Development of Farming Villages in the Northern Great Plains, Mark D. Mitchell ; 31. Planting the Plains: The Development and Extent of Plains Village Agriculturalists in the Southern and Central Plains, Richard R. Drass ; 32. Women on the Edge: Looking at Protohistoric Plains-Pueblo Interaction from a Feminist Perspective, Judith A. Habicht-Mauche ; 33. Cahokia Interaction and Ethnogenesis in the Northern Midcontinent, Thomas E. Emerson ; 34. The Effigy Mound to Oneota Revolution in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Robert F. Boszhardt ; 35. Post-Contact Cultural Dynamics in the Upper Great Lakes Region, Vergil E. Noble ; V. Mid-South and Southeast ; 36. Mound Building Societies of the Midsouth and Southeast, George R. Milner ; 37. Re-envisioning Eastern Woodlands Archaic Origins, Dale L. McElrath and Thomas E. Emerson ; 38. Poverty Point, Tristram R. Kidder ; 39. Origins of the Hopewell Phenomenon, Douglas K. Charles ; 40. Monumental Landscape and Community in the Southern Lower Mississippi Valley during the Late Woodland and Mississippi Periods, Mark A. Rees ; 41. Making Mississippian at Cahokia, Susan M. Alt ; 42. Mississippian in the Deep South: Common Themes in Varied Histories, Adam King ; 43. Living With War: The Impact Of Chronic Violence In The Mississippian Period Central Illinois Valley, Gregory D. Wilson ; 44. Moundville in the Mississippian World, John H. Blitz ; Section 4. Greater Southwest and Northern Mexico ; 45. The Archaeology of the Greater Southwest: Migration, Inequality, and Religious Transformations, Barbara J. Mills ; 46. Diversity in First Century AD Southwestern Farming Communities, Lisa Young ; 47. Hohokam Society and Water Management, Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish ; 48. Terraced Lives: Cerros De Trincheras Sites In The Northwest/ Southwest, Bridget M. Zavala ; 49. Chaco's Hinterlands, Stephen H. Lekson ; 50. The Mesa Verde Region, Mark D. Varien, Timothy A. Kohler, and Scott G. Ortman ; 51. Warfare and Conflict in the Late Pre-Columbian Pueblo World, James E. Snead ; 52. The Pueblo Village in an Age of Reformation (AD 1300-1600), Severin Fowles ; 53. Casas Grandes Phenomenon, Christine S. VanPool and Todd L. VanPoolshow more

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