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From Prehistoric Villages To Cities

Author : Jennifer Birch
ISBN : 9781135045111
Genre : Social Science
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Archaeologists have focused a great deal of attention on explaining the evolution of village societies and the transition to a ‘Neolithic’ way of life. Considerable interest has also concentrated on urbanism and the rise of the earliest cities. Between these two landmarks in human cultural development lies a critical stage in social and political evolution. Throughout world, at various points in time, people living in small, dispersed village communities have come together into larger and more complex social formations. These community aggregates were, essentially, middle-range; situated between the earliest villages and emergent chiefdoms and states. This volume explores the social processes involved in the creation and maintenance of aggregated communities and how they brought about revolutionary transformations that affected virtually every aspect of a society and its culture. While there have been a number of studies that address coalescence from a regional perspective, less is understood about how aggregated communities functioned internally. The key premise explored in this volume is that large-scale, long-term cultural transformations were ultimately enacted in the context of daily practices, interactions, and what might be otherwise considered the mundane aspects of everyday life. How did these processes play out "on the ground" in diverse and historically contingent settings? What are the strategies and mechanisms that people adopt in order to facilitate living in larger social formations? What changes in social relations occur when people come together? This volume employs a broadly cross-cultural approach to interrogating these questions, employing case studies which span four continents and more than 10,000 years of human history.
Category: Social Science

Constructing Community

Author : Alison E. Rautman
ISBN : 9780816530694
Genre : Social Science
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In Constructing Community, Alison E. Rautman uses the Salinas District in New Mexico to examine the relationships of subsistence practices, mobility, and settlement. Rautman tackles a very broad topic: how archaeologists use material evidence to infer and imagine how people lived in the past, how they coped with everyday decisions and tensions, and how they created a sense of themselves and their place in the world.
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Author : David Grant Noble
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173001800696
Genre : History
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Describes how early cultures settles in what is now an arid, lifeless basin. Once a fertile area of lakes and ponds, the flats attracted game animals and prehistoric hunters. Historians and archaeologists detail the native cultures and the rock art of the Salinas flats. Salinas concludes with discussions of the Spanish presence at Quarai and the turbulence surrounding the Spanish Inquisition.
Category: History

Extinction Or Survival

Author : S. K. Adam
ISBN : 9781317259831
Genre : Social Science
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How could an urban American Indian tribe, having survived relentless earlier governmental attempts to declare its culture extinct, be once again on the verge of extinction? The Tigua of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo dwell in the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, where the infamous Jack Abramoff was in the news for helping to close their highly successful casino. This casino had created jobs and funded health care for the tribe, and now the Tigua are once more taking action to preserve their economy, membership, and culture. This highly publicised casino story is set against the remarkably rich history of the Tigua, including earlier attempts by national and state governments to steal the tribe's land and destroy its legal status. Anthropologist S. K. Adam explores how questions of identity can be linked to cultural survival: Had the Tigua somehow survived 300 years of persecution and urban encroachment, or, as alleged by the government, were they really just Mexicanised Indians acting fraudulently? Adam examines how terms such as indigeneity, identity, authenticity, culture change, and perseverance are understood and defined by the US government. He analyses how issues of power, law, discourse, genocide, and self-determination affect the relationship between the United States and its indigenous populations, past and present.
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ISBN : UCSC:32106014079302
Genre : Archaeology
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Understanding The Anasazi Of Mesa Verde And Hovenweep

Author : David Grant Noble
ISBN : UCSC:32106010610084
Genre : History
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When Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law Charlie Mason were following cow tracks up Chapin Mesa they never expected to see what lay ahead of them through the snow flurries, a cave totally filled with houses which they later named Cliff Palace The next day they discovered Spruce Tree House and Square Tower House. This area which is now part of Mesa Verde National Park is well known for the sheer beauty of its archaeological ruins. For hundreds of years the geography of Mesa Verde has acted as a canopy protecting the remains of its ancient sites.What happened to the Anasazi is still speculation but some new views of the disappearance of the Anasazi are discussed here. Now available to the general public, this guide is comprehensive enough for the serious beginner or the seasoned expert.... the volume edited by David Noble offers a series of detailed essays on the people who built the pueblos of the Mesa Verde region .... -- Los Angles Times
Category: History

Guide To Reprints

Author : Albert James Diaz
ISBN : 3598238843
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