Popular Archaeology Series (10)

Popular books presenting the latest archaeological findings.

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First Coastal Californians First Coastal Californians Edited by Lynn H. Gamble

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.

2015
The Great Basin The Great Basin Edited by Catherine S. Fowler and Don D. Fowler 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. 2008
Hisat'sinom Hisat’sinom Edited by Christian E. Downum The national monuments of Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, and Montezuma’s Castle showcase the treasures of the first people who settled and developed farms, towns, and trade routes throughout northern Arizona and beyond. The Hopis call these ancient peoples “Hisat’sinom,” and Spanish explorers named their hard, arid homeland the sierra sin agua, mountains without water. Indeed, much of the region receives less annual precipitation than the quintessential desert city of Tucson. In Hisat’sinom: Ancient Peoples in a Land without Water, archaeologists explain how the people of this region flourished despite living in a place with very little water and extremes of heat and cold.
2012
Hohokam Millennium The Hohokam Millennium Edited by Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish The mystery and the beauty of Hohokam civilization are the subjects of the essays in this volume. Written by archaeologists who have led the effort to excavate, record, and preserve the remnants of this ancient culture, the chapters illuminate the way the Hohokam organized their households and their communities, their sophisticated pottery and textiles, their irrigation system, the huge ballcourts and platform mounds they built, and much more. 2008
In Search of Chaco In Search of Chaco Edited by David Grant Noble Startling discoveries and impassioned debates have emerged from the “Chaco Phenomenon” since the publication of New Light on Chaco Canyon twenty years ago. This completely updated edition features seventeen original essays, scores of photographs, maps, and site plans, and the perspectives of archaeologists, historians, and Native American thinkers. 2004
Living The Ancient Southwest Living the Ancient Southwest Edited by David Grant Noble

How did Southwestern peoples make a living in the vast arid reaches of the Great Basin? When and why did violence erupt in the Mesa Verde region? Who were the Fremont people? How do some Hopis view Chaco Canyon? These are just a few of the topics addressed in Living the Ancient Southwest.

2014
Medieval Mississippians Medieval Mississippians Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt Medieval Mississippians, the eighth volume in the award-winning Popular Archaeology Series, introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America—the “Mississippian” era—via chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past.  2015
The Mesa Verde World The Mesa Verde World Edited by David Grant Noble The Mesa Verde World showcases new findings about the region’s prehistory, environment, and archaeological history, from newly discovered reservoir systems on Mesa Verde to astronomical alignments at Yellow Jacket Pueblo. Key topics include farming, settlement, sacred landscapes, cosmology and astronomy, rock art, warfare, migration, and contemporary Pueblo perspectives. 2006
Mimbres Lives and Landscapes Mimbres Lives and Landscapes Edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Michelle Hegmon The well-illustrated essays in this book offer the latest archaeological research on the ancient Mimbres to explain what we know and what questions still remain about men's and women's lives, their sustenance, the changing nature of leadership, and the possible meanings of the dramatic pottery designs. 2010
The Peopling of Bandelier The Peopling of Bandelier Edited by Robert P. Powers Few visitors to the stunning Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument realize that its depths embrace but a small part of the archaeological richness of the vast Pajarito Plateau west of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2005
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