Archaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory by Deborah I. OlszewskiArchaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory by Deborah I. Olszewski

Archaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory

byDeborah I. Olszewski

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This student-friendly textbook introduces the archaeological past from approximately seven million years ago through later politically complex societies. Archaeology and Humanity's Story presents the key issues from earlier prehistory before organizing chapters around nine cases of politicallycomplex societies, allowing students to easily compare and contrast different geographical regions.
Deborah I. Olszewski is Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is coauthor, with Robert J. Wenke, of Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2006).
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Title:Archaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World PrehistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 7.52 × 1.1 inPublished:November 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The Basics of Archaeology1. Acquiring and Interpreting Data in Archaeology- Why Archaeology is Important- Survey and Excavation Methods- Research Design-- Finding and Recording Sites- Multidisciplinary Data Sets- How Old is It?- Relative Dating Methods- Absolute Dating Methods- Time Scales in Dating- Theories and InterpretationsTimeline: The Development of Archaeology- Who Owns the Past?Part 2: Prehistory before Political Complexity2. Humanity's Roots- A Word about ClassificationTimeline: Early Hominins- Bipedalism and the Earliest Hominins- Why Is Bipedalism Important?-- Advantages of Bipedalism-- Origins of Bipedalism- Evolutionary Processes- "Cousins" in the Early Hominin Lineage- Tool Use and Manufacture- Stone Tools- Which Hominins Made and Used Stone Tools?- Early Hominin Culture3. Becoming Human- Pleistocene Ice Ages- Early Waves of Out of Africa- The Earliest Movement Out of Africa- Meanwhile, Back in AfricaTimeline: Later Hominins- Later Movement Out of Africa- Modern Humans, Neandertals, and Homo floresiensis- Multiregional and Recent Single Origin Models-- Skeletal Anatomy-- Genetics-- Isolation and a New Species- The Origins of Modern Behaviors- Middle Stone Age Africa- Language- Middle Paleolithic and Chatelperronian Europe- Disappearance of the Neandertals4. A World of Modern Humans- Modern Humans as Hunter-Gatherer-Foragers- Later Stone Age AfricaTimeline: Hunter-Gatherer-Foragers- Upper Paleolithic Europe-- Early Upper Paleolithic-- Mid-Upper Paleolithic-- Late Upper Paleolithic-- Interpreting Upper Paleolithic Cave Art- World-Wide Expansion- Australia/New Guinea- The Americas- Paleoamericans5. Hunting, Gathering, Foraging, and Farming- The End of the Ice AgesTimeline: Late Hunter-Gatherer-Foragers- The Old World- Middle East-- Early Epipaleolithic-- Middle Epipaleolithic-- Late Epipaleolithic- Transition to Food Production in the Middle East-- Pre-Pottery Neolithic A-- Pre-Pottery Neolithic B- Asia- Africa- Europe- The New World- North America- Mexico/Central America- South America- Why Food Production?- Early Ideas- Current Ideas- Complexity in the Archaeological Record- Social Complexity- Political ComplexityPart 3: On the Threshold of Political Complexity6. The North American Southwest- Early Food ProductionTimeline: The North American Southwest- The Late Archaic Period- The Basketmaker Phases of Ancestral Pueblo-- Basketmaker II-- Basketmaker III- Pithouse to Pueblo Transition- The Chaco Phenomenon- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Warfare and Violence- The Late Bonito Phase in Chaco Canyon- Ancestral Pueblo after the Chaco Phenomenon- Pueblo IV and Later- Hohokam and Mogollon: Contemporaries of the Ancestral Pueblo- Hohokam- Mogollon7. Eastern North America- Early Food ProductionTimeline: Eastern North America- Poverty Point Culture- Shell Ring Complexes- Woodland Period- Early Woodland- Middle Woodland-- Hopewell Interaction Sphere- Late Woodland- Cahokia and the Early Mississippian Period- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Warfare and Violence- The Mississippian After Cahokia- The Late MississippianPart 4: Early Politically Complex Societies8. Early Dynastic Mesopotamia- Early Food Production- Pre-Pottery NeolithicTimeline: Mesopotamia Pottery Neolithic- Before the Early Dynastic- The Uruk Period- Early Dynastic Mesopotamia- The Written Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange-- Supply, Demand, and Wealth- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Warfare and Violence- Later Mesopotamia9. Pharaonic State and Old Kingdom EgyptTimeline: Egypt- Early Food Production- The Nabta Playa- Predynastic- Pharaonic State- Old Kingdom Egypt- The Written Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange-- Supply, Demand, and Wealth- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Warfare and Violence- After the Old Kingdom10. Shang China- Early Food ProductionTimeline: China- Before Shang- Yangshao Culture- Longshan Culture- Erlitou Culture- Shang China- The Written Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Warfare and Violence- After Shang11. The Indus Valley- Early Food ProductionTimeline: The Harappan- Early Harappan- The Mature Harappan- The Written Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Ideology- Urbanization and Its Consequences- After the Mature Harappan12. Mesoamerica and the Classic MayaTimeline: Mesoamerica- Early Food Production- Formative Mesoamerica- The Olmec in the South Gulf Coast Lowlands- Early and Middle Preclassic Maya- The Valley of Oaxaca- The Basin of Mexico- Late Preclassic Maya- The Lowlands Classic Maya- The Written Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Warfare and Violence- After the Classic Maya- Terminal Classic and Postclassic Maya- Arrival of the SpanishPart 5: Later Politically Complex Societies13. Andean South America and the Inka Empire- Early Food Production- Late Preceramic PeriodTimeline: The Andean Region- Initial Period- Before the Inka- Early Horizon- Early Intermediate Period/Early Middle Horizon- Middle Horizon-- Wari Empire-- Tiwanaku Empire-- Late Intermediate Period- The Inka Empire- The Nonwritten Word- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Warfare and Violence- After the Inka14. Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe in Africa- Food ProductionTimeline: Southeast Africa- Metallurgy- The Rise of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe- Resource Networks, Trade, and Exchange- Social Life- Ritual and Religion- Oral Traditions- After Great Zimbabwe15. Politically Complex Societies in Perspective- Social Complexity in Pre-Contact Hawai'i- The Rise of Political Complexity- The Agency and Ecodynamics Frameworks- The Networks and Boundaries Framework- Themes in Politically Complex Societies- The Individual and the Group- Cornering the Market- Ideology- All Good Things Come to an End- Lessons From the Past?GlossaryReferencesCreditsIndex

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"This text has a refreshing approach and good updated materials with broad coverage of Old and New Worlds. The first chapter provides an excellent start for any introductory course in archaeology. Coverage of elementary procedures as well as clear explanation of theoretical concepts and someof the more complex dating methods, for instance, are executed beautifully." --Ellis E. McDowell-Loudan, The State University of New York, Cortland