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Archaeological Discoveries Of Ancient America

Author : Frank Joseph
ISBN : 9781477728161
Genre : History
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The key to understanding the history of America lies in many of the artifacts that have been discovered over the course of the past several hundred years. This unique history, as told through interviews, the writing of scholars, and the examination of physical artifacts, delves into archaeological finds of ancient America, and tells a story of America's evolution and the people who have helped shape it. This comprehensive text includes timelines and photographs that make for an interesting and thorough read for the beginner or long-time American history enthusiast.
Category: History

Ancient America

Author : Kenneth L. Feder
ISBN : 9781442263130
Genre : Travel
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Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.
Category: Travel

Women In Ancient America

Author : Karen Olsen Bruhns
ISBN : 0806131691
Genre : Social Science
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This first comprehensive work on women in precolumbian American cultures describes gender roles and relationships in North, Central, and South America from 12,000 B.C. to the 1500s A.D. Utilizing many key archaeological works, Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert redress some of the long-standing male bias in writing about ancient Native American lifeways. Bruhns and Stothert focus on several of the most thought-provoking areas of study in the Americas: the origins of agriculture, the development of complex societies, the evolution of religious systems, and the interpretation of art and mortuary materials. The authors pay particular attention to the problems of interpreting archaeological remains and the uses of historic and ethnographic evidence in reconstructing the past.
Category: Social Science

The Art And Architecture Of Ancient America

Author : George Kubler
ISBN : 0300053258
Genre : Architecture
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Offers a survey of the paintings and architecture of the Mexican, Mayan, and Andean peoples
Category: Architecture

Ancient America

Author : David Muench
ISBN : 1570981264
Genre : Photography
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Through 250 exquisite full-color and black-and-white photos, photographer David Muench presents a superb visual interpretation of what the North American continent was like before the arrival of Europeans. Printed on high-quality paper with excellent reproduction, this is a stunning collection that will appeal to photographers as well as nature lovers.
Category: Photography

The Face Of Ancient America

Author : Lee Allen Parsons
ISBN : 0936260246
Genre : Art
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"For archaeologists, artists, art historians, and all lovers of art, expecially pre-Columbian art." -- Choice "... one of the better general pre-Columbian catalogues to appear in a long time." -- African Arts More than 150 examples of Olmec and Maya art are described in detail, discussed, and reproduced in magnificent full-color photographs. The collection is grouped into cultural and geographical sections to give a complete picture of the most significant civilizations of ancient Latin America.
Category: Art

Ancient Americans

Author : Charles C. Mann
ISBN : 1862076170
Genre : America
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Up until very recently it was believed that in 1491, the year before Columbus landed, the Americas, one-third of the earth's surface, were a near-pristine wilderness inhabited by small, roaming bands of indigenous peoples. Then, the story went, they encountered European society, their world was turned upside down and they entered history. But recently unexpected discoveries have dramatically changed our understanding of Indian Life. Many scholars now argue that the Indians were much more numerous than previously believed, that they were in the Americas for far longer, and that they had far more ecological impact on the land. This knowledge has enormous implications for today's environmental disputes, yet little has filtered into textbooks, and even less into public awareness. Charles Mann brings together all of the latest research, and the results of his own travels throughout North and South America, to provide a new, fascinating and iconoclastic account of the Americas before Columbus.
Category: America

Ancient America

Author : Nicholas J. Saunders
ISBN : UOM:39015028920802
Genre : History
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Many of the 13 essays in this collection originate from the archaeology symposia of the Society for Latin American Studies held at Bradford University in 1989; others have been commissioned from people engaged in research in Central and South America. Subjects include the Aztec Cihuateteo, political stratification in Classic Maya society, shamanism and sculpture in Ancient West Mexico, underwater archaeolocical research in Bolivia, Inca ceremonial platforms in central Chile, early Inca architecture in Peru, fabrics of the Atacamba.
Category: History


Author : Timothy R. Pauketat
ISBN : 9781101105177
Genre : History
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The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric Native American city north of Mexico-a site that expert Timothy Pauketat brings vividly to life in this groundbreaking book. Almost a thousand years ago, a city flourished along the Mississippi River near what is now St. Louis. Built around a sprawling central plaza and known as Cahokia, the site has drawn the attention of generations of archaeologists, whose work produced evidence of complex celestial timepieces, feasts big enough to feed thousands, and disturbing signs of human sacrifice. Drawing on these fascinating finds, Cahokia presents a lively and astonishing narrative of prehistoric America.
Category: History

Visitors To Ancient America

Author : William F. McNeil
ISBN : 9780786419173
Genre : History
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Researchers in American anthropology and archaeology from the late seventeenth century to the present--including Cotton Mather, John Wesley Powell, Thor Heyerdahl, and Betty Meggers, among others--all had discoveries that lead to the following conclusion: America was visited by Europeans well before the time of Christopher Columbus. Divided into two main parts, this work is a comprehensive study of the evidence suggesting that ancient European and Asian mariners visited the United States more than 1000 years ago. The first section is an historical overview of the external evidence that would support the theory of ancient incursions to America. A review of ancient ships and the currents in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is offered. The experiences of several seagoing peoples (such as Polynesians and Vikings) are explored. Both legendary voyages and modern adventures of mariners are discussed. Ancient transoceanic stories are also examined. From mammoth stone chambers of New York and New England to inscribed stones found in ancient graves from Minnesota to West Virginia, the second half of the work focuses on the American evidence for ancient visitations to the U.S., primarily in the northeast section of the country. Several alleged ancient sites are also explored in this richly illustrated work.
Category: History