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Themes in Southwest Prehistory

Edited by George J. Gumerman

Themes in Southwest Prehistory1994. 350 pp., 35 black-and-white illustrations, 8 tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 91994. 350 pp., 35 black-and-white illustrations, 8 tables, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Two dozen leading archaeologists isolate a number of themes that were central to the process of increasing complexity in prehistoric Southwestern society, including increased food production, a greater degree of sedentism, and a dramatically increasing population.

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Contributors: E. Charles Adams, Linda S. Cordell, Patricia L. Crown, Jeffrey S. Dean, William H. Doelle, David E. Doyel, Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, Murray Gell-Mann, George J. Gumerman, Jonathan Haas, Bruce Huckell, Keith W. Kintigh, Debra L. Martin, Randall H. McGuire, Ben A. Nelson, Janet D. Orcutt, Fred Plog, Stephen Plog, J. Jefferson Reid, Katherine A. Spielmann, Joseph A. Tainter, Steadman Upham, David R. Wilcox, W. H. Wills

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  • “This book is a very valuable contribution to Southwestern prehistory, and its analyses of cultural evolution and patterns has importance well beyond the Southwest. All of the chapters give a comprehensive treatment to the issues at hand, and a diverse number of significant themes are examined. The book is highly recommended reading for all serious students of the Southwest. Indeed, professors who wish to teach Southwest prehistory from a thematic perspective, instead of the traditional culture history approach, will find this book refreshing.”
    Todd W. Bostwick, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology Vol. 5, no. 2 (November 1995)
  • “I recommend [this book] to all southwestern archaeologists, as well as to professionals working in other regions who want to understand the current thoughts on major themes coming from the Southwest.”
    Patricia A. Gilman, American Anthropologist Vol. 97, no. 4 (December 1995)

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