Seeking Our Past

Seeking Our Past

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Seeking Our Past: An Introduction to North American Archaeology offers an up-to-date and engaging introduction to North America's past that also illustrates contemporary archaeological practice. The authors include examples from both North American prehistory and history--drawn from academic archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM)--in order to provide a broad overview of how the continent was settled, what archaeologists have learned about life across the North American culture areas, and how current archaeologists research our past. Chapters are enhanced by case studies written especially for this book by the original researchers. Through these case studies readers gain familiarity with particular projects and insight into what archaeologists actually do. In addition, the authors cover such important ethical issues as respecting and working with descendant populations and the need for archaeological stewardship. They also provide valuable information about contemporary practice and careers in archaeology. An exceptional resource, Seeking Our Past incorporates numerous pedagogical aids including: * Three types of text boxes: "Faces in Archaeology" offer profiles of working archaeologists; "Issues and Debates" address ethical concerns and scholarly debates; and "Clues to the Past" examine specific artifacts or features in detail * Maps of regions and cultures discussed in the text * Chapter summaries featuring bulleted lists of major points * Suggested reading lists at the end of each chapter and discussion questions after each case study * An extensive glossary * An Instructor's Manual, available to adopters * Student CD including additional sections; more case studies, "Issues and Debates" boxes, and "Faces in Archaeology" profiles; full-color illustrations; a complete list of references; a study guide (with questions and quizzes); and an "Exploring Further" section with links to related websites and recommendations of sites and museums to visitshow more

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  • Mixed media product | 720 pages
  • 188 x 228.6 x 30.5mm | 1,202.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 343 maps, halftones & line illustrations
  • 0195173848
  • 9780195173840
  • 1,694,302

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"Finally! A North American archaeology text that not only provides a solid culture history, but also puts North American archaeology into a social and political context that students can understand and use. The CD will be extremely helpful, the sidebars are thought-provoking, and the illustrations are of high quality and fit the text well."--Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis"In the end, there is one key question to ask about any textbook: Would I use this in my class? My answer is yes. I would consider adopting it for next year. It provides good coverage of the archaeological record of North America, there is plenty of additional material for students to read, and the maps and illustrations are excellent. Anyone teaching North American archaeology will want to take a serious look at Seeking Our Past."--from the review by Peter N. Peregrine, Lawrence University, published in American Antiquity [Vol. 72, No. 1, 2008] "Finally! A North American archaeology text that not only provides a solid culture history, but also puts North American archaeology into a social and political context that students can understand and use. The CD will be extremely helpful, the sidebars are thought-provoking, and the illustrations are of high quality and fit the text well."--Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis "In the end, there is one key question to ask about any textbook: Would I use this in my class? My answer is yes. I would consider adopting it for next year. It provides good coverage of the archaeological record of North America, there is plenty of additional material for students to read, and the maps and illustrations are excellent. Anyone teaching North American archaeology will want to take a serious look at Seeking Our Past."--from the review by Peter N. Peregrine, Lawrence University, published in American Antiquity [Vol. 72, No. 1, 2008] "Finally! A North American archaeology text that not only provides a solid culture history, but also puts North American archaeology into a social and political context that students can understand and use. The CD will be extremely helpful, the sidebars are thought-provoking, and the illustrationsare of high quality and fit the text well."--Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis"In the end, there is one key question to ask about any textbook: Would I use this in my class? My answer is yes. I would consider adopting it for next year. It provides good coverage of the archaeological record of North America, there is plenty of additional material for students to read, and themaps and illustrations are excellent. Anyone teaching North American archaeology will want to take a serious look at Seeking Our Past."--from the review by Peter N. Peregrine, Lawrence University, published in American Antiquity [Vol. 72, No. 1, 2008] "Finally! A North American archaeology text that not only provides a solid culture history, but also puts North American archaeology into a social and political context that students can understand and use. The CD will be extremely helpful, the sidebars are thought-provoking, and the illustrations are of high quality and fit the text well."--Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolisshow more

Table of contents

EACH CHAPTER INCLUDES A CHAPTER SUMMARY, SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING, AND OTHER RESOURCES; STUDENT CD CONTENTS; PREFACE; CONTRIBUTORS; ILLUSTRATION CREDITS; PART 1: INTRODUCING NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY; CHAPTER 1: THE NATURE AND PRACTICE OF NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY; The Scope of This Book; What Is North American Archaeology?; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 1.1. Who Were the Mound Builders?; The North American Archaeologist; FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: PROFILE 1.1. W. James Judge, Professor and Director of the Chaco Project; FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: PROFILE 1.2. Lynne Sebastian, Archaeologist and Historic Preservationist; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 1.2. Politics and Scholarship in the Investigation of New York City's African Burial Ground; An Overview of the Archaeological Process; Case Study: The Pueblo Grande Project: An Example of Multidisciplinary Research in a Compliance Setting; CHAPTER 2: CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT IN NORTH AMERICA'S PAST; North American Culture Areas; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 2.1. What Are You Called? Names and Politics; North American Environments; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 2.2. Is Environmental Reconstruction an Ancillary Study?; The Climate of North America; The Systematics of North American Culture History; FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: PROFILE 2.1. Julie Stein, Archaeologist and Geoarchaeologist; FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: PROFILE 2.2. Robert Kelly, Archaeologist and Professor; Themes in the Study of North America's Past; A Final Word About Dates and Dating; Case Study: It Takes a Team: Interdisciplinary Research at the Koster Site; PART 2: THE NORTH AMERICAN PAST; CHAPTER 3: PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS; When Were the Americas Settled?; The Clovis-First Scenario; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 3.1. Fluted Points: The Original American Invention?; Does the Clovis-First Scenario Account for All the Evidence?; Key Puzzles in the Data on Early Settlement; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 3.1. Why Is the Kennewick Case So Significant?; Paleoindian Adaptations; Case Study: Sea Change: The Paleocoastal Occupations of Daisy Cave; CHAPTER 4: FORAGERS OF THE NORTH; Definition of the Areas; The Environment; Early Cultures; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 4.1. Microblades; Archaic; Arctic Small Tool Tradition; Later Cultures of the Arctic: Dorset, Norton, and Thule; Later Cultures of the Subarctic; Historic Period; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 4.1. How Far Did the Vikings Get?; Case Study: From Sites to Social Evolution: The Study of Emergent Complexity in the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska; CHAPTER 5: PATHS TO COMPLEXITY ON THE NORTHWEST COAST; Definition of the Area; The Environment; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOXX 5.1. How Many Old Scarred Trees Do We Need?; Early Cultures; Archaic; Pacific Period; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 5.1. Basketry and Cordage; Modern Period; Case Study: Archaeological/Anthropological-Native American Coordination: An Example of Sharing the Research on the Northwest Coast of North America; CHAPTER 6: RIVERS, ROOTS, AND RABBITS: THE PLATEAU; Definition of the Area; The Environment; Early Cultures; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 6.1. Volcanoes and Human Settlement; Middle Period; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 6.1 Pithouses; Late Period; Modern Period; Case Study: The Miller Site: Four Seasons of Backwards Archaeology on Strawberry Island; CHAPTER 7: DIVERSITY AND COMPLEXITY IN CALIFORNIA; Definition of the Area; The Environment; Early Cultures; Foragers: The Archaic Pattern; Complexity: The Pacific Period; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 7.1. Chumash Complexity; Pacific Period Lifeways; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 7.1. Bedrock Milling Features; Historic Period; Case Study: Cultures in Contact at Colony Ross; CHAPTER 8: MOBILITY, FLEXIBILITY, AND PERSISTENCE IN THE GREAT BASIN; Definition of the Area; The Environment; Early Cultures: The Pre-Archaic; Archaic; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 8.1. Projectile Points and Time; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 8.1. Rabbit Nets; The Fremont; Numic Peoples and Their Spread; Protohistoric and Historic Periods; Case Study: Deep-Site Excavation at Gatecliff Shelter, Nevada; CHAPTER 9: FORAGERS AND VILLAGERS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN MOUNTAINS, MESAS, AND DESERTS; Definition of the Area; The Environments of the Southwest; Hunters and Foragers; Farmers and Villagers; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 9.1. Interpreting the Chaco Phenomenon; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 9.1. Fantasies on Clay: Mimbres Pottery; Reorganization, Aggregation, and Conflict in Late Prehistory; New Arrivals; Historic Period; Case Study: Casas Grandes at the Edge of the Southwestern and Mesoamerican Worlds; CHAPTER 10: BISON HUNTERS AND HORTICULTURISTS OF THE GREAT PLAINS; Definition of the Area; The Plains Environment; Early Hunters of the Plains; Plains Archaic; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 10.1. Hide Scrapers; The Woodland Period on the Great Plains; Plains Village Traditions; Late Prehistoric Bison Hunters of the Northern Plains; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 1O.1. Historic Ethnicities and the Archaeological Record; Protohistoric and Historic Developments; Case Study: Investigations at Double Ditch Village, a Traditional Mandan Earthlodge Settlement; CHAPTER 11: TRIBES AND CHIEFDOMS IN THE SOUTHEAST; Definition of the Area; The Environments of the Southeast; Hunter-Gatherers of the Distant Past; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 11.1. Ridges, Aisles, and the Map of Poverty Point; Woodland Peoples Across the Southeast; Mississippian and Other Societies of the Last Thousand Years; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 11.1. Design Motifs and Artifacts of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex; Protohistoric and Historic Times; Case Study: Mouse Creek Phase Households and Communities: Mississippian Period Towns in Southeastern Tennessee; CHAPTER 12: FORAGERS AND FARMERS OF THE MIDWEST AND UPPER GREAT LAKES; Definition of the Area; The Environments of the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes; Hunters and Foragers of the Distant Past; Woodland Farmers and Mound Builders; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 12.1. Stone Platform Pipes; The Mississippians and Other Late Prehistoric Peoples; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 12.1. How Big and Powerful Was Cahokia After All?; The Protohistoric and Historic Periods; Case Study: The Hopeton Earthworks Project: Using New Technologies to Answer Old Questions; CHAPTER 13: FISHING, FORAGING, AND FARMING IN THE NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC; Definition of the Area; The Environments of the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic; Hunters and Foragers of the Distant Past; Farming, Fishing, and Sedentism in the Early and Middle Woodland; Late Woodland and Late Prehistoric Peoples; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 13.1. Iroquoian Origins; The Protohistoric and Historic Periods; CLUES TO THE PAST: EXHIBIT 13.1. Iron Furnaces; Case Study: A New History of Maize-Bean-Squash Agriculture in the Northeast; PART 3: THE FUTURE OF NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY; CHAPTER 14: NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY; A Perspective on North America's Past; Reconsidering the North American Archaeological Story; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 14.1. How Can We Stop Looting of Archaeological Sites?; The Changing Discipline; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 14.2. Displaying the Past at Dickson Mounds; Concluding Thoughts; ISSUES AND DEBATES: BOX 14.3. Can Academia Train Archaeologists for the Twenty-first Century?; GLOSSARY; INDEX; STUDENT CD CONTENTS; SECTION A: A BRIEF HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY; SECTION B: ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK; SECTION C: ARCHAEOLOGICAL LABORATORY ANALYSIS; SECTION D: BONUS CASE STUDIES; D.1. Interpreting the Ripley Site: A Century of Investigations; D.2. Weaponry of Clovis Hunters at Blackwater Draw; D.3. Eel Point and the Early Settlement of Coastal California: A Case Study in Contemporary Archaeological Research; D.4. The Dolores Archaeological Program: Documenting the Pithouse-to-Pueblo Transition; D.5. The Dust Cave Archaeological Project: Investigating Paleoindian and Archaic Lifeways in Southeastern North America; D.6. Ethnicity and Class in Colonial Foodways; SECTION E: BONUS FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY; E.1. Arthur Parker, Archaeologist and Museologist; E.2. Linda Mayro, Pima County Cultural Resources Manager; SECTION F: BONUS ISSUES AND DEBATES; F.1. What Do Professors and CRM Archaeologists Think of Each Other?; F.2. The Curation Crisis; F.3. A Local Reaction to NAGPRA: The Kumeyaay Cultural and Repatriation Committee; F.4. Was There Cannibalism in the Prehistoric Southwest?; SECTION G: REFERECES; SECTION H: EXPLORING FURTHER; H.1. Recommended Websites; H.2. Sites, Parks, and Museums to Visit; SECTION I: STUDENT STUDY GUIDE; SECTION J: GLOSSARYshow more

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