The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Paperback | April 1, 2015

byTimothy Pauketat

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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 culturaldevelopments 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, howsignificant 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 historythrough 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.

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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 culturaldevelopments are covered in 53 chapters, with c...

Timothy R. Pauketat is an Archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.69 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section 1. Histories, Perspectives, and Definitions1. Timothy R. Pauketat: Questioning the Past in North America2. Kenneth E. Sassaman and Asa R. Randall: Hunter-Gatherer Theory in North American Archaeology3. Joe Watkins: Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native PeoplesSection 2. Pan-American Connections, Migrations, and Encounters4. David Hurst Thomas: Historical Archaeology and Native Agency across the Spanish Borderlands5. Robert L. Hall: Some Commonalities Linking North America And Mesoamerica6. Peter N. Peregrine and Stephen H. Lekson: The North American Oikoumene7. Deborah M. Pearsall: People, Plants, And Culinary Traditions8. Nicole Waguespack: Early Paleoindians from Colonization to Folsom9. David G. Anderson: Pleistocene Settlement in the EastSection 3. Archaeological Histories and Cultural ProcessesI. Arctic and Subarctic10. Robert W. Park: Adapting to a Frozen Coastal Environment11. Donald H. Holly, Jr. and Moira Mccaffrey: Rethinking Eastern Subarctic History12. Herbert D. G. Maschner: Archaeology of the North PacificII. The West13. Jon Erlandson and Todd J. Braje: Foundations for the Far West: Paleoindian Cultures on the Western Fringe of North America14. Herbert D. G. Maschner: Archaeology of the Northwest Coast15. Anna Marie Prentiss: The Winter Village Pattern on the Plateau of Northwestern North America16. Christopher Morgan and Robert L. Bettinger: Great Basin Foraging Strategies17. Jelmer Eerkins: The Evolution of Social Organization, Settlement Patterns, and Population Densities in Prehistoric Owens Valley18. Kent G. Lightfoot and Edward M. Luby: Mound Building by California Hunter-Gatherers19. Jennifer E. Perry: Diversity, Exchange, and Complexity in the California Bight20. Stephen W. Silliman: Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern CaliforniaIII. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Seaboard21. Claude Chapdelaine: Overview of the St. Lawrence Archaic through Woodland22. Elizabeth S. Chilton: New England Algonquians: Navigating "Backwaters" and Typological Boundaries23. Ronald R. Williamson: What Will Be Has Always Been: The Past and Present of Northern Iroquoians24. Meghan C. L. Howey: Regional Ritual Organization in the Northern Great Lakes, AD 1200-160025. Bernard K. Means: Villagers and Farmers of the Middle and Upper Ohio River Valley, 11th to 17th Centuries AD: The Fort Ancient and Monongahela Traditions26. Martin Gallivan: Native History in the Chesapeake: The Powhatan Chiefdom and BeyondIV. Plains and Upper Midwest27. Guy Gibbon: Lifeways through Time in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and Northeastern Plains28. Gerald A. Oetelaar: The Archaeological Imprint of Oral Traditions on the Landscape of Northern Plains Hunter-Gatherers29. Laura L. Scheiber and Judson Byrd Finley: Situating (Proto)History on the Northwestern Plains and Rocky Mountains30. Mark D. Mitchell: The Origins and Development of Farming Villages in the Northern Great Plains31. Richard R. Drass: Planting the Plains: The Development and Extent of Plains Village Agriculturalists in the Southern and Central Plains32. Judith A. Habicht-Mauche: Women on the Edge: Looking at Protohistoric Plains-Pueblo Interaction from a Feminist Perspective33. Thomas E. Emerson: Cahokia Interaction and Ethnogenesis in the Northern Midcontinent34. Robert F. Boszhardt: The Effigy Mound to Oneota Revolution in the Upper Mississippi River Valley35. Vergil E. Noble: Post-Contact Cultural Dynamics in the Upper Great Lakes RegionV. Mid-South and Southeast36. George R. Milner: Mound Building Societies of the Midsouth and Southeast37. Dale L. McElrath and Thomas E. Emerson: Re-envisioning Eastern Woodlands Archaic Origins38. Tristram R. Kidder: Poverty Point39. Douglas K. Charles: Origins of the Hopewell Phenomenon40. Mark A. Rees: Monumental Landscape and Community in the Southern Lower Mississippi Valley during the Late Woodland and Mississippi Periods41. Susan M. Alt: Making Mississippian at Cahokia42. Adam King: Mississippian in the Deep South: Common Themes in Varied Histories43. Gregory D. Wilson: Living With War: The Impact Of Chronic Violence In The Mississippian Period Central Illinois Valley44. John H. Blitz: Moundville in the Mississippian WorldSection 4. Greater Southwest and Northern Mexico45. Barbara J. Mills: The Archaeology of the Greater Southwest: Migration, Inequality, and Religious Transformations46. Lisa Young: Diversity in First Century AD Southwestern Farming Communities47. Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish: Hohokam Society and Management48. Bridget M. Zavala: Terraced Lives: Cerros De Trincheras Sites In The Northwest/ Southwest49. Stephen H. Lekson: Chaco's Hinterlands50. Timothy A. Kohler, and Scott G. Ortman: The Mesa Verde Region, Mark D. Varien51. James E. Snead: Warfare and Conflict in the Late Pre-Columbian Pueblo World52. Severin Fowles: The Pueblo Village in an Age of Reformation (AD 1300-1600)53. Christine S. VanPool and Todd L. VanPool: Casas Grandes Phenomenon

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"If any editor is to be given special praise for his work, vision and services to the cause of clarity, then it is Timothy Pauketat. His handbook, marshalling the contributions of 62 authors, is a model of organization." --Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity