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The Abandonment of Settlements and Regions
Ethnoarchaeological and Archaeological Approaches

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Catherine M. Cameron, Steve A. Tomka, Martha Graham, Lee Horne, Susan Kent, Glenn Davis Stone, Sarah H. Schlanger, Richard H. Wilshusen, Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, Katina Lillios, Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson, Susan Dublin, Arthur A. Joyce, Sissel Johannessen, Barbara Klie Montgomery, Ricky R. Lightfoot, Robert L. Brooks, Marc G. Stevenson
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  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574693

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  • All archaeological sites have been abandoned, but people abandoned sites in many different ways, and for different reasons. What they did when leaving a settlement, structure, or activity area had a direct effect on the kind and quality of the cultural remains entering the archaeological record - for example, whether tools were removed, destroyed, or buried in the ground, and building structures dismantled or left standing. This book examines abandonment as a stage in the formation of an archaeological site, and relies on ethnoarchaelogical and archaeological data from many areas of the world - North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Near East. It documents the many complex factors surrounding abandonment both across entire regions and within settlement areas, and makes an important theoretical and methodological contribution to this area of archaeological investigation.

    • The first book to focus entirely on abandonment as a site formation process
    • Presents a range of case studies from different parts of the world - not only American coverage
    • Covers both archaeological and ethnoarchaeological studies
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    '[This] book makes a systematic effort to develop archaeological correlates of site and regional abandonment … What makes it stand out is the systematic attention paid to archaeological correlates in most of the ethnoarchaeological case studies that demonstrate how these ideas can be applied'. Antiquity

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    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574693
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.398kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 17 maps 25 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of tables
    List of figures
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Abandonment and archaeological interpretation Catherine M. Cameron
    Part II. Regional Abandonment Processes: Ethnoarcheological Cases:
    2. Site abandonment behaviour among transhumant agro-pastoralists: the effects of delayed curation on assemblage composition Steve M. Tomka
    3. Settlement organization and residential variability among the Raramuri Martha Graham
    4. Occupational and locational instability in arid land settlement Lee Horne
    5. Models of abandonment and material culture frequencies Susan Kent
    6. Agricultural abandonment: a comparative study in historical ecology Glenn Davis Stone
    Part III. Regional Abandonment Processes: Archaelogical Cases:
    7. Local abandonments and regional conditions in the North American Southwest Sarah H. Schlanger and Richard H. Wilshusen
    8. An assessment of abandonment processes in the Hohkam Classic Period of Tucson Basin Paul R. Fish and Suzanne K. Fish
    9 Regional settlement abandonment at the end of the Copper Age in the lowlands of West-Central Portugal Katina Lillios
    Part IV. Abandonment Processes Within Sites: Ethnoarcheological Cases:
    10. Abandonment at Zuni farming villages Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson and Susan Dublin
    11. Abandonment and the production of archaeological variability at domestic sites Arthur A. Joyce and Sissel Johannssen
    Part V. Abandonment Processes Within Sites: Archaeological Cases:
    12. Ceramic analysis as a tool for discovering processes of Pueblo abandonment Barbara Klie Montgomery
    13. Abandonment processes in prehistoric Pueblos Ricky R. Lightfoot
    14. Household abandonment among sedentary Plains societies: behavioural sequences and consequences in the interpretation of the archaeological record Robert L. Brooks
    Part VI. Conclusions:
    15. Understanding abandonment processes: summary and remaining concerns Steve A. Tomka and Marc G. Stevenson.

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    Catherine M. Cameron, University of Colorado, Boulder

    Steve A. Tomka

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    Catherine M. Cameron, Steve A. Tomka, Martha Graham, Lee Horne, Susan Kent, Glenn Davis Stone, Sarah H. Schlanger, Richard H. Wilshusen, Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, Katina Lillios, Nan A. Rothschild, Barbara J. Mills, T. J. Ferguson, Susan Dublin, Arthur A. Joyce, Sissel Johannessen, Barbara Klie Montgomery, Ricky R. Lightfoot, Robert L. Brooks, Marc G. Stevenson

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