Steadman Upham

Board of DirectorsTreasurer
Themes in Southwest PrehistorySAR Press PublicationThemes in Southwest PrehistoryTwo 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.
The Evolution of Political Systems, Book CoverSAR Press PublicationThe Evolution of Political Systems: Sociopolitics in Small-Scale Sedentary Societies

Throughout the world, the development of agriculture produced dramatic changes in human cultural systems. As people settled down in one locality, populations grew rapidly, patterns of subsistence were transformed, technology became more advanced, and the nature of social and political relations changed. People no longer interacted exclusively with kin, as they had in the past when organized in bands, and new forms of political relationships between groups were established. The emergence of these political systems was the first step in the evolution of the state. 

1987, April 21–25
Advanced SeminarThe Development of Political Systems in Prehistoric Sedentary Societies

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