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Reconstructing Prehistoric Pueblo Societies


Edited by William A. Longacre

The chapters in this book focus on methods and theories used to systematically test hypotheses about prehistoric social organization. The concern with social organization reflects a larger trend in archaeology that stresses the recovery and use of pertinent data for testing ideas and assumptions. As a result, the view that nonobservable phenomena such as social organization cannot be recovered from an archaeological site—as in, our only data on ancient social organization must come from modern peoples—has been overturned. A rigorous scientific approach, along with sophisticated analytical tools, makes possible whole new areas of inquiry into past cultures.

1970. 260 pp., 19 illustrations, 1 table, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Contributors: David F. Aberle, Jeffrey S. Dean, Edward P. Dozier, James N. Hill, William D. Lipe, William A. Longacre, Paul S. Martin, Douglas W. Schwartz, R. Gwinn Vivian

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  1. A Historical Review
    William A. Longacre
  2. Prehistoric Social Organization in the American Southwest: Theory and Method
    James N. Hill
  3. An Inquiry into Prehistoric Social Organization in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
    R. Gwinn Vivian
  4. Anasazi Communities in the Red Rock Plateau, Southeastern Utah
    William D. Lipe
  5. Aspects of Tsegi Phase Social Organization: A Trial Reconstruction
    Jeffrey S. Dean
  6. The Postmigration Culture: A Base for Archaeological Inference
    Douglas W. Schwartz
  7. Explanation as an Afterthought and as a Goal
    Paul S. Martin
  8. Making Inferences from the Present to the Past
    Edward P. Dozier
    David F. Aberle
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