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Ancient Puebloan Southwest

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Part of Case Studies in Early Societies

  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521783101

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  • John Kantner traces the evolution of Pueblo society in the American Southwest from the emergence of the Chaco and Mimbres in the AD 1000s through the early decades of contact with the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Based on a diverse range of archaeological data, historical accounts, oral history and ethnographic records, this introduction for students of the Pueblo Southwest is vital reading for any archaeologist concerned with the origins of early civilizations.

    • Provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Puebloan Southwest from the AD 1000s to the sixteenth century
    • Presents archaeological data and synthesizes often neglected sources such as oral histories and historical accounts
    • Offers over a hundred illustrations with drawings, photographs and maps
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    "It makes the very complex and abundant archaeological record of thsi culture area accessible. It successfully melds processualist approaches to data collection adn analysis with a contingent view of cultural change. It shows how competing hypotheses move interpretation foward. Perhaps most importantly, it is a case study of region that does not have a clear unilineal trajectory from band to state and it forces us to think about how human societies organize themselves in the absence of materially visible hierarchies." Canadian Journal of Archaeology Jonathan Driver, Simon Fraser University

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521783101
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 104 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The ancient Puebloan southwest: an introduction
    2. 'The daylight world': the paleoenvironmental context for Puebloan history
    3. Return to Ánosin Téhuli? The origins of Puebloan culture
    4. The wrong middle places? Chaco canyon and the Mimbres mogollon
    5. The migrations continue the end of Chaco and Mimbres
    6. The AD 1200s: the great Pueblo period
    7. The great abandonment
    8. Finding Posi: the protohistoric Puebloan world.

  • Author

    John Kantner, School for Advanced Research
    John Kantner is the Vice President for Academic and Institutional Advancement at the School for Advanced Research and formerly an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University. A native of New Mexico, he earned his BA from Colorado College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His early research was on Spanish Colonial ethnohistory of the Southwest, and he has also conducted archaeological investigations in Costa Rica, the US Plains, and the US Rocky Mountains. Over the past several years, Dr Kantner's research has focused on the archaeology of the prehistoric Southwestern United States, with a particular interest in the development of sociopolitical complexity of the Chaco Anasazi. Dr Kantner currently directs the Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project, which focuses on prehistoric Anasazi groups who inhabited the Red Mesa Valley of northwestern New Mexico between AD 850 and 1200. The goal of this research is to identify the processes by which complex social and political regional institutions emerge from communities of comparatively simple horticulturists. Principles of human behavioral ecology and evolutionary theory provide the theoretical foundation for these investigations, while the analysis of prehistoric ceramics and regional spatial patterning provides the methodologies needed to interpret the archaeological remains. Publications by Dr Kantner can be found in Human Nature, the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, the Journal of Archaeological Research and Historical Archaeology, and he coedited the 2000 book Great House Communities Across the Chacoan Landscape, published by the University of Arizona Press. Dr Kantner also continues his explorations of the use of new media both for enhancing public education and facilitating professional interaction.

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