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The Ancient City

2008. Edited by Joyce Marcus and Jeremy A. Sabloff

The essays in this volume — presented at a Sackler colloquium of the National Academy of Sciences — reveal that archaeologists now know much more about the founding and functions of ancient cities, their diverse trade networks, their heterogeneous plans and layouts, and their various lifespans and trajectories.

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Ancient Civilization and Trade

1975. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky

The contributors to this volume explore trade’s dynamic role in the growth of early civilizations from the vantage points of archaeology, economics, social anthropology, and cultural geography. They examine such topics as central-place theory, information flow, early state modules, long-distance trade, classes of trade, and modes of exchange.

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Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management

2010. Edited by Lynne Sebastian and William D. Lipe

By most estimates, as much as 90 percent of the archaeology done in the United States today is carried out in the field of cultural resource management (CRM). The contributors hope that this book will serve as an impetus in American archaeology for dialogue and debate on how to make CRM projects and programs yield both better archaeology and better public policy.

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The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon

2006. Edited by Stephen H. Lekson

Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology. Two decades after the latest and largest program of field research at Chaco (the National Park Service’s Chaco Project from 1971 to 1982) the original researchers and other leading Chaco scholars convened to evaluate what they now know about Chaco in light of new theories and new data.

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The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters

2005. Edited by Gil J. Stein

In this volume, ten archaeologists analyze the assumptions that have constrained previous studies of colonialism and demonstrate that colonization was common in early Old and New World state societies—an important strategy by which people gained access to critical resources.

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An Archaeology of Doings

2013. Severin M. Fowles

In this probing study, Severin Fowles challenges us to consider just what is at stake in archaeological reconstructions of an enchanted past. Focusing on the Ancestral Pueblo societies of the American Southwest, he provocatively argues that the Pueblos — prior to missionization — did not have a religion at all, but rather something else, something glossed in the indigenous vernacular as “doings.”

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The Archaeology of Lower Central America

1984. Edited by Fredrick W. Lange and Doris Z. Stone

This book provides a much-needed overview of the archaeological past, present, and future of lower Central America. It addresses questions such as why the region never produced complex societies like its neighbors to the north and south and takes up themes such as ecological adaptation and subsistence, trade, and sociopolitical development.

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Archaic State Interaction

2010. Edited by William A. Parkinson and Michael L. Galaty

In current archaeological research the failure to find common ground between world-systems theory believers and their counterparts has resulted in a stagnation of theoretical development in regards to modeling how early state societies interacted with their neighbors. This book is an attempt to redress these issues.

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Archaic States

1998. Edited by Gary M. Feinman and Joyce Marcus

One of the most challenging problems facing contemporary archaeology concerns the operation and diversity of ancient states. This volume addresses how ancient states were structured and how they operated, an understanding of which is key to our ability to interpret a state’s rise or fall.

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The Architecture of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico

1993. Winifred Creamer

From 1971 to 1974, the School of American Research conducted a major multidisciplinary program of excavation and research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth-century Rio Grande sites. At its peak, Arroyo Hondo contained about one thousand rooms. This seventh volume in the series is focused on the walls, roomblocks, and architecture of public spaces at the site.

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The Arroyo Hondo New Mexico Site Survey

1979. D. Bruce Dickson Jr.

This second volume in the Arroyo Hondo series provides the results of the archaeological survey of this large prehistoric pueblo located just southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Big Histories, Human Lives

2013. Edited by John Robb and Timothy R. Pauketat

The contributors consider something archaeologists seldom think about: the intersection of micro-scale human experience with large-scale and long-term histories. Did history unfold in different ways for different people? What are the central historical processes behind such unfoldings? How are we to understand these events and their relevance to us today?

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Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death

2012. Edited by Aubrey Baadsgaard, Alexis T. Boutin, and Jane E. Buikstra

Breathing New Life into the Evidence of Death showcases the vibrancy of bioarchaeological research and its potential for bringing “new life” to the field of mortuary archaeology and the study of human remains. These new trajectories challenge old stereotypes, redefine the way research of human remains should be accomplished, and erase the divide that once separated osteologists from archaeologists.

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The Bright Angel Site

1979. Douglas W. Schwartz, Michael P. Marshall, and Jane Kepp

Timeless Classics includes revived titles long out-of-print and brought to you via a print-on-demand publishing program. These titles have not been modified from the original and are now presented in paperback.

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A Catalyst for Ideas

2005. Edited by Vernon L. Scarborough

In his thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research, Douglas W. Schwartz’s far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. The twelve essays in this volume celebrate his contributions by looking back at changes in the field and forward to vital questions, methods, and theories yet nascent.

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Chaco & Hohokam

1991. Edited by Patricia L. Crown and W. James Judge

Synthesizing data and current thought about the regional systems of the Chacoans and the Hohokam, eleven archaeologists examine settlement patterns, subsistence economy, social organization, and trade, shedding new light on two of the most sophisticated cultures of the prehistoric Southwest.

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The Chaco Experience

2008. Ruth Van Dyke

The Chacoan landscape, with its formally constructed, carefully situated architectural features, is charged with symbolism. In this volume, Ruth Van Dyke analyzes the meanings and experience of moving through this landscape to illuminate Chacoan beliefs and social relationships.

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Chan Chan

1982. Edited by Michael E. Moseley and Kent C. Day

The fourteen essays in this book focus on the Chan Chan-Moche Valley Project and analyze its five-year archaeological study. It includes chapters on irrigation, excavation results, and sociopolitical organization during the Early Intermediate Period in Peru.

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The Chemistry of Prehistoric Human Bone

1989. Edited by T. Douglas Price

Bone chemistry is one of the most promising analytical methods now being used by archaeologists and physical anthropologists to investigate the past of the human species, and this state-of-the-art book includes many of the leading scientists in the field among its contributors.

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The Classic Maya Collapse

1973. Edited by T. Patrick Culbert

In this book, thirteen leading scholars use new data to revise the image of ancient Maya civilization and create a new model of its collapse—a general model of sociopolitical collapse not limited to the cultural history of the Maya alone.

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The Contemporary Ecology of Arroyo Hondo New Mexico

1983. N. Edmund Kelley

From 1971 to 1974, the School of American Research conducted a major multidisciplinary program of excavation and research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth-century Rio Grande sites. This first volume in the series covers the area’s topography, geology, soil, climate, hydrology, vegetation, and animal life.

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Copán

2005. Edited by E. Wyllys Andrews and William L. Fash

This volume collects leading scholarship on one of the most important archaeological complexes in the ancient Maya world.

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Cowboys & Cave Dwellers

1997. Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson

In this book, Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson tell the two intertwined stories of the early archaeological expeditions into Grand Gulch and the Wetherill-Grand Gulch Research Project. In the process, they describe what we now know about Basketmaker culture and present a stirring plea for the preservation of our nation’s priceless archaeological heritage.

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Disturbing Bodies

2015. Edited by Zoë Crossland and Rosemary A. Joyce
As bodies are revealed, so are hidden and often incommensurate understandings of the body after death. The theme of “disturbing bodies” has a double valence, evoking both the work that anthropologists do and also the ways in which the dead can, in turn, disturb the living through their material qualities, through dreams and other forms of presence, and through the political claims often articulated around them.

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The Emergence of Modern Humans

1989. Edited by Erik Trinkaus

This volume is a collection of essays identifying the current issues regarding the origins and emergence of a “modern” human biological and behavioral pattern from the earlier patterns inferred for late archaic humans.

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Enduring Conquests

2011. Edited by Matthew Liebmann and Melissa S. Murphy

The contributors to this volume reject the grand narrative that views this era as a clash of civilizations—a narrative produced centuries after the fact—to construct more comprehensive and complex social histories of Native American life after 1492 by employing the perspective of archaeology and focusing explicitly on the native side of the colonial equation.

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The Evolution of Leadership

2010. Edited by Kevin J. Vaughn, Jelmer W. Eerkens, and John Kantner

This book, the product of an advanced seminar at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), brings together the perspectives of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists to explore why and how leadership emerges and variously becomes institutionalized among disparate small-scale and middle-range human societies.

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Explorations in Ethnoarchaeology

1978. Edited by Richard A. Gould

The contributors to this book cover diverse societies and attempt to establish behavioral patterns from the study of what humans leave behind. The productive interaction between archaeology and ethnology demonstrates the effectiveness of ethnoarchaeological approaches in contexts from prehistoric to modern.

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The Faunal Remains from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico

1984. Richard W. Lang and Arthur H. Harris

This fifth volume presents the results of faunal analysis from the Arroyo Hondo excavations, covering the topics of prehistoric vegetation and climate; the importance of various animals in the diet; seasonal hunting patterns; methods of butchering, skinning, and cooking; the prehistoric hunting territory; the raising of domesticated dogs and turkeys; and trade in animals and animal products.

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First Coastal Californians

2015. 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 a story wrought in shell mounds, ancient fishhooks, buried villages, and rock paintings.

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The Flow of Power

2003. Vernon L. Scarborough

A major contribution to one of the central themes in social theory, this book integrates multiple case studies of the relationship between water control and social organization.

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The Futures of Our Pasts

2012. Edited by Michael A. Adler and Susan Benton Bruning

In the middle of this roiling debate over who has the right to collect and display antiquities, a group of scholars convened to debate differing perspectives on the ethics of antiquities collecting.

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The Great Basin

2008. 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.

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Great Excavations

1995. Melinda Elliott

In Great Excavations, journalist and researcher Melinda Elliott uncovers the crucial and exciting role played by the great archaeologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in unearthing the Southwest’s prehistoric past.

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Hisat’sinom

2012. Edited by Christian E. Downum

In this book, archaeologists explain how the people of this region flourished despite living in a place with very little water and extremes of heat and cold.

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Historical Ecology

1994. Edited by Carole L. Crumley

In this volume, the authors take a critical step toward establishing a new environmental science by deconstructing the traditional culture/nature dichotomy and placing human/environmental interaction at the center of any new attempts to deal with global environmental change.

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A History of the Ancient Southwest

2009. Stephen H. Lekson

While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, kings and commoners, war and peace, triumphs and failures.

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The Hohokam Millennium

2008. Edited by Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish

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.

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Ideology and Pre-Columbian Civilizations

1992. Edited by Arthur A. Demarest and Geoffrey W. Conrad

Employing data from central Mexico, the Maya area, coastal Peru, and highland Peru and Bolivia, directors of several major archaeological field projects interpret evidence of prehistoric ideology and address the question, has ideology any relevance in the reconstruction of prehistory?

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In Search of Chaco

2004. Edited by David Grant Noble

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.

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Last Hunters, First Farmers

1996. Edited by T. Douglas Price and Anne Birgitte Gebauer

In case studies ranging from the Far East to the American Southwest, the authors of Last Hunters-First Farmers provide a global perspective on contemporary research into the origins of agriculture.

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Late Lowland Maya Civilization

1986. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and E. Wyllys Andrews V

In light of new and expanding research, the contributors to this volume premise that the relationship of Classic to Postclassic in the Northern and Southern Maya Lowlands is much more complex than was traditionally thought. The essays offer a useful introduction to current thought regarding the development of Lowland Maya civilization after the collapse of the Classic Period in the South.

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Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns

1981. Edited by Wendy Ashmore

This book is a series of essays that offers a framework for the study of lowland Maya settlement patterns, surveying the range of interpretive ideas about ancient Maya remains. Suggesting hypotheses to guide future research, the articles discuss historical, geographical, chronological, and theoretical matters.

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Making Alternative Histories

1995. Edited by Peter R. Schmidt and Thomas C. Patterson

In Making Alternative Histories, eleven scholars from Africa, India, Latin America, North America, and Europe debate and discuss how to respond to the erasures of local histories by colonialism, neocolonial influences, and the practice of archaeology and history as we know them today in North America and much of the Western world.

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Medieval Mississippians

2015. Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt

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 a series of colorful chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past.

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Memory Work

2008. Edited by Barbara J. Mills and William H. Walker

In this book the authors focus on a set of case studies that illustrate how social memories were made through repeated, patterned, and engaged social practices.

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The Mesa Verde World

2006. Edited by David Grant Noble

This book 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.

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Mimbres Lives and Landscapes

2010. Edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Michelle Hegmon

Beginning with an overview of the abrupt change in lifestyle that launched the distinctive Mimbres culture, the book explores the lives of men and women, their sustenance, the changing nature of leadership, and the possible meanings of their dramatic pottery designs.

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Mimbres Painted Pottery, Revised Edition

2005. J. J. Brody

In this revised edition, noted Mimbres scholar Dr. J. J. Brody incorporates the extensive fieldwork done since the original publication in 1977, updating his discussion of village life, the larger world in which the Mimbres people lived, and how the art that they practiced illuminates these wider issues.

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The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems

2007. Edited by Timothy A. Kohler and Sander E. van der Leeuw

This book is about new developments in applying dynamic models for understanding relatively small-scale human systems and the environments they inhabit and alter. Beginning with a complex systems approach, the authors develop a “model-based archaeology” that uses specific, generally quantitative models providing partial descriptions of socionatural systems of interest that are then examined against those systems.

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Navajos in the Catholic Church Records of New Mexico 1694–1875

2010. David M. Brugge

Combining archaeological evidence with Navajo cultural precepts, Brugge has used the records of the oldest European institution in the American Southwest – the Catholic Church – to shed light on the practices, causes, and effects of Spanish, Mexican, and American occupation on the Navajo Nation.

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On the Edge of Splendor

1989. Douglas W. Schwartz

Written for a general audience, this book alternates between insightful accounts of Schwartz’s personal experiences in the canyon and explorations of the lives and cultures of its early and late inhabitants.

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Opening Archaeology

2008. Edited by Thomas W. Killion

In 1989–90, Congress enacted two laws, the National Museum of the American Indian Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. What effects have these laws had on anthropological practice, theory, and education in the United States?

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The Origins of Maya Civilization

1977. Edited by Richard E. W. Adams

The contributors to this book scrutinize the data, survey external influences on the early Maya, and consider economics, ecology, demography, and warfare – as well as social and ideological factors – in explaining the transformation of Maya culture from a village-oriented society to one centered on elite classes living in large civic centers with monumental architecture.

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Photography in Archaeological Research

1975. Edited by Elmer Harp, Jr.

Contemporary archaeology is increasingly reliant upon photography as a working tool and as a medium for communicating the results of field research. The chapters in this book provide detailed, practical advice and information on photography in the field.

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Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa

2009. Edited by Peter R. Schmidt

This volume features some of the foremost archaeologists from Africa and the United States and presents cutting-edge proposals for how archaeology in Africa today can be made more relevant to the needs of local communities, from enhancing cultural capacity to cope with AIDS to promoting economic development and human rights claims, generating locally rooted intellectual paradigms, and preventing the degradation of heritage resources.

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Pueblo Population and Society

1983. Ann M. Palkovich

Excavation at Arroyo Hondo yielded 120 human skeletons, many accompanied by grave goods. Palkovich examines skeletal pathologies in relation to age distribution, offering insights into the demographic impact of malnutrition.

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The Peopling of Bandelier

2005. Edited by Robert P. Powers

In this beautifully illustrated book, archaeologists, historians, ecologists, and Pueblo contributors tell a deep and sweeping story of the region.

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The Pottery from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico

1993. Judith A. Habicht-Mauche

In this eighth volume of the Arroyo Hondo Archaeological Series, Judith A. Habicht-Mauche builds on an exhaustive study of the mineralogical and chemical attributes of the ceramic assemblage to produce a penetrating evaluation of the stylistic diversity, origins, and changes through time of the pottery types found at Arroyo Hondo.

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Roots of Conflict

2011. Edited by Patrick V. Kirch

This book presents the efforts of a team of social and natural scientists to understand the complex, systemic linkages between land, climate, crops, human populations, and their cultural structures. The research group has focused on what might seem to some an unlikely locale to investigate a set of problems with worldwide significance: the Hawaiian Islands.

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Shipwreck Anthropology

1983. Edited by Richard A. Gould

Historical, classical, and anthropological traditions in archaeology are all represented, as are more specialized approaches—such as ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and public archaeology—in the attempt to determine how the study of shipwrecks can inform and enlarge upon our general view of man’s relationship to his maritime environment.

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Simulations in Archaeology

1981. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff

This book aims to clarify the reasons for using systems models and computer simulations in seeking to understand dynamic cultural patterns. Computer simulations grow logically out of the steps taken by archaeology in the past century: from random data collection to cultural description, proceeding through chronological ordering to interest in process, and finally to systems construction.

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Small Worlds

2008. Edited by James F. Brooks, Christopher R. N. DeCorse, & John Walton

Urging the recognition of potential commonalities among archaeology, history, sociology, and anthropology, the authors propose that historical interpretation should move freely across disciplines, historical study should be held up to the present, and individual lives should be understood as the intersection of biography and history.

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A Space Syntax Analysis of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico

2005. Jason S. Shapiro

Following the premise that built space embodies social organization, Jason Shapiro takes a fresh look at architectural data from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a fourteenth-century site in the northern Rio Grande Valley of presentday New Mexico. Using the theoretical assumptions and mathematical techniques of space syntax analysis, he explores what changes in architecture reveal about people’s social lives.

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Themes in Southwest Prehistory

1994. Edited by George J. Gumerman

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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Things in Motion

2015. Edited by Rosemary A. Joyce and Susan D. Gillespie

Complementing the concept of object biography, the contributors to this volume use the complex construct of “itineraries” to trace the places in which objects come to rest or are active, the routes through which things circulate, and the means by which they are moved.

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Tikal: Dynasties, Foreigners, & Affairs of State

2003. Edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff

New insights from the Tikal excavations and epigraphic breakthroughs suggest that a thriving marketplace existed in the center of the city, that foreigners comprised a significant element of its populace, and that differences in tomb form and contents signal the changing fortunes of Tikal’s rulers.

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Unkar Delta

1980. Douglas W. Schwartz, Richard C. Chapman, and Jane Kepp

This book is the first volume in SAR’s Archaeology of the Grand Canyon series. It provides information on the archaeological excavation conducted at the site during the late 1960s.

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Uruk Mesopotamia & Its Neighbors

2001. Edited by Mitchell S. Rothman

The contributing field and theoretical archaeologists in this volume radically reassess the chronological framework for the region, assemble the basic data sets on both local and regional levels, and interpret and synthesize these data in order to put local patterns and dynamics into their widest regional context.

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The Valley of Mexico

1976. Edited by Eric R. Wolf

The chapters in this volume present an important contemporary interpretation of the cultural and archaeological legacy of the Valley of Mexico, a rich and ancient place where the presence of the past is all around.

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The Walhalla Plateau

1979. Douglas W. Schwartz, Jane Kepp, and Richard C. Chapman

This book presents data from the School of American Research’s survey and excavation on the Walhalla Plateau, discussing the dynamics of settlement expansion and decline and the economic adaptation to this marginal, high-altitude environment.

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Women & Men in the Prehispanic Southwest

2001. Edited by Patricia L. Crown

This volume takes a groundbreaking look at gendered activities in prehistory and the differential access that women and men had to sources and symbols of power and prestige. The authors’ probe the time period during which Southwestern populations shifted from migratory gatherer-hunters to sedentary agriculturalists and from living in small bands to settling in large aggregated communities.

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