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The School’s press has evolved from its early days a century ago under SAR founder Edgar Lee Hewett into an internationally known publisher of distinguished books on a wide range of scholarly, popular, and artistic topics. The press embraces the tenet that research supported by the School is incomplete until made available to a broad readership in books that “influence thought and create change.”

This year’s list included Global Health in Times of Violence, in which Paul Farmer’s “dream team” of anthropologists report their work on the effects of economic and physical violence on public health; Steve Lekson’s A History of the Ancient Southwest, his big-picture history with lessons for the present; and Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa, the first major publication to feature African (rather than European and American) archaeologists’ research and the political challenges of doing archaeology in Africa. SAR Press was also delighted to publish David Grant Noble’s In the Places of the Spirits, his first book to interweave his photography and memoirs.

Here are descriptions of this year’s newly published titles, with links to extensive excerpts, reviews, and ordering information.

Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management Edited by Lynne Sebastian and William D. Lipe By most estimates, as much as 90 percent of archaeology done in the United States today is carried out in the field of cultural resource management. The contributors hope that this book will serve as an impetus in American archaeology for dialogue on how to make CRM programs yield both better archaeology and better public policy. 2010.
Archaic State Interaction Archaic State Interaction Edited by William A. Parkinson and Michael L. Galaty By using a specific case study of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age, the contributors to this book aim to help establish a common theoretical ground for investigating how ancient states interacted with one another and with societies of different scales of economic and political organization. 2010.
The Evolution of Leadership The Evolution of Leadership Edited by Kevin J. Vaughn, Jelmer W. Eerkens, and John Kantner This book brings together the perspectives of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists to explore why and how leadership emerges in small-scale social and political settings and variously becomes institutionalized among disparate human societies. 2010.
Global Health in Times of Violence Global Health in Times of Violence Edited by Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Linda Whiteford, and Paul Farmer In this volume, leading scholars and practitioners examine the impact of structural, military, and communal violence on health, psychosocial well-being, and health care delivery. By investigating the fields of violence that define our world, the authors are able to provide alternative global health paradigms for developing effective policies and programs. 2009.
A History of the Ancient Southwest A History of the Ancient Southwest Stephen H. Lekson According to Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and orthodoxies. This book challenges these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology, and the other interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. 2009.
In the Places of the Spirits In the Places of the Spirits David Grant Noble; Foreword by N. Scott Momaday In the Places of the Spirits features seventy-six duotone plates and five additional photos of the land, people, and deep past of the Southwest, most published here for the first time, accompanied by personal reflections that reveal much about the artist and the magnificent land that inspires his artistry. 2010.
Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala Emilio del Valle Escalante This book focuses on the emergence of Guatemala’s Maya movement and what it means to be Maya in present-day Guatemalan society. It explores how indigenous peoples have been challenging established, hegemonic narratives of modernity, history, nation, and cultural identity. 2009.
Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa Edited by Peter R. Schmidt Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa features some of the foremost archaeologists from Africa and the United States and presents cutting-edge proposals for how archaeology in Africa today can be made more relevant to the needs of local communities. 2009.
Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented The Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented Sarah Bronwen Horton This book examines how Hispanos have re-created the modern Fiesta to stake their claims to Santa Fe, symbolically reoccupying this capital city and cultural homeland even as they have increasingly experienced displacement and dispossession. 2010.
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