Kent G. Lightfoot

First Coastal CaliforniansSAR Press PublicationFirst Coastal Californians

Some of the most complex hunter-gatherer societies on earth flourished along California’s rugged coastline, and this volume brings together an impressive group of experts to tell the story of these Native groups’ brilliant adaptations to intensely challenging physical and social environments.

Small WorldsSAR Press PublicationSmall Worlds: Method, Meaning, & Narrative in MicrohistoryGrowing unease with grand theories of modernization and global integration brought twelve scholars from four disciplines to the School for Advanced Research for an experiment with the research genre known as microhistory. These authors now call for a return to narrative, detailed analysis on a small scale, and the search for unforeseen meanings embedded in cases.
2005, July 19–25
Short SeminarEvent, Place, and Narrative Craft: Method and Meaning in MicrohistoryThe research and writing genre known as microhistory provided this seminar a unique forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and experimentation with narrative styles; in locations ranging from West Africa, the Yucatán, medieval Italy, Argentina, and California, to Brazil, Virginia, Spain, and Boston, they showed how “small worlds” may conceal sweeping stories, rich in the details of daily life and capable of yielding unexpected depth of insight.
The Archaeology of Colonial EncountersSAR Press PublicationThe Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: Comparative PerspectivesColonialism and its legacies have emerged as one of the most important research topics in anthropology. Indeed, we now understand that colonialism gave rise to and shaped the discipline. However, the understanding of colonization in anthropology, history, and other fields derives largely from studies of European expansion.
2000, March 19–23
Advanced SeminarThe Archaeology of Colonization in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveThis seminar examined colonization from a cross-cultural perspective. Participants prepared and circulated papers prior to the meeting on topics ranging from European colonial expansion and early Old World colonization efforts (Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Greece, and Rome) to the establishment of foreign enclaves by indigenous New World states, such as Teotihuacan, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Inka....
Weatherhead Resident ScholarCalifornia Frontiers: The Ethnogenesis of a Pluralistic State

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