- Presents avante-garde archaeological theories alongside time-honored and traditional approaches - Mixes grand overviews with detalied studies by regional experts - Includes over 170 vivid photographs, maps, and detailed illustrations This volume explores 15,000 years of indigenous human history on the North American continent, drawing on the latest archaeological theories, time-honored methodologies, and rich datasets. From the Arctic south to the Mexican border and east to the Atlantic Ocean, all of the major cultural developments are covered in 53 chapters, with certain periods, places, and historical problems receiving special focus by the volume's authors. Questions like who first peopled the continent, what did it mean to have been a hunter-gatherer in the Great Basin versus the California coast, how significant were cultural exchanges between Native North Americans and Mesoamericans, and why do major historical changes seem to correspond to shifts in religion, politics, demography, and economy are brought into focus. The practice of archaeology itself is discussed as contributors wrestle with modern-day concerns with the implications of doing archaeology and its relevance for understanding ourselves today. In the end, the chapters in this book show us that the principal questions answered about human history through the archaeology of North America are central to any larger understanding of the relationships between people, cultural identities, landscapes, and the living of everyday life.
- Diverse contributions in the field of public archaeology from a variety of international contributors. - An important source of debate and point of reference for seminar-based teaching and self-guided learning. - Divided into four ...
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In Spring 2002, mammoth bones and associated Mousterian stone tools were found in situ at Lynford Quarry, near Munford village, Norfolk, UK. Excavation was undertaken with support from the quarry owners and English Heritage. These ...
The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology is a comprehensive survey of the field as seen through the eyes of nearly fifty scholars at a time when maritime archaeology has established itself as a mature branch ...
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Major events of human prehistory such as the post-glacial recolonisation of Northern Europe and the spread of agriculture though the Mediterranean took place on landscapes that are now, at least partially, underwater. Large parts of ...
Offers a new view of the incentives behind early monumental architecture Challenges received opinion on the development of communities across the archaic greek world Includes a complete catalogue of early iron age and archaic city ...