The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology [Hardback]

Barbara Mills (Editor); Severin M. Fowles (Editor)

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ISBN: 9780199978427 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Series: Oxford Handbooks | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 888p, 116 (66 b&w line art, 45 b&w halftone)

The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology


The American Southwest is one of the most important archaeological regions in the world, with many of the best-studied examples of hunter-gatherer and village-based societies. Research has been carried out in the region for well over a century, and during this time the Southwest has repeatedly stood at the forefront of the development of new archaeological methods and theories. Moreover, research in the Southwest has long been a key site of collaboration between archaeologists, ethnographers, historians, linguists, biological anthropologists, and indigenous intellectuals. This volume marks the most ambitious effort to take stock of the empirical evidence, theoretical orientations, and historical reconstructions of the American Southwest. Over seventy top scholars have joined forces to produce an unparalleled survey of state of archaeological knowledge in the region. Themed chapters on particular methods and theories are accompanied by comprehensive overviews of the culture histories of particular archaeological sequences, from the initial Paleoindian occupation, to the rise of a major ritual center in Chaco Canyon, to the onset of the Spanish and American imperial projects. The result is an essential volume for any researcher working in the region as well as any archaeologist looking to take the pulse of contemporary trends in this key research tradition.

Table of Contents

On History in Southwest Archaeology
Severin Fowles and Barbara J. Mills
Conceptualizing the Past
1 Oral Traditions
Chip Colwell
2 Narrative Histories
Stephen H. Lekson
3 Direct Historical Approach
John A. Ware
4 Historical Linguistics
Jane H. Hill
5 Evolutionary and Complexity Theory
Timothy A. Kohler
6 Path Dependency
Michelle Hegmon
Incorporating the Histories of Descendent Communities
7 Translating Tribal Values
Theresa Pasqual
8 Traditional Cultural Properties
T. J. Ferguson and Leigh Kuwanwisiwma
9 "History, Memory, and Querencia"
Sylvia Rodriguez
Archaeological Histories
10 The Earliest People in the Southwest
Jesse Ballenger, Vance Holliday and Guadalupe Sanchez
11 The Southwest Archaic
Maxine McBrinn and Bradley Vierra
12 The Early Agricultural Period
James M. Vint and Jonathan B. Mabry
13 Mimbres Archaeology
Margaret C. Nelson and Patricia A. Gilman
14 Key Dimensions of the Cultural Trajectories of Chaco Canyon
Stephen Plog, Carrie C. Heitman, and Adam S. Watson
15 An Archaeological History of the Mesa Verde Region
Richard H. Wilshusen and Donna Glowacki
16 Preclassic Hohokam
Douglas B. Craig and M. Kyle Woodson
17 Classic Period Hohokam
Jeffery J. Clark and David Abbott
18 Sonoran Prehispanic Traditions
Elisa Villalpando and Randall H. McGuire
19 Chihuahuan Archaeology
Michael E. Whalen and Paul E. Minnis
20 Eastern Pueblo Archaeology
James E. Snead
21 Hopi History Prior to 1600
Wesley Bernardini and E. Charles Adams
22 The Zuni/Cibola Region
Matthew A. Peeples, Gregson Schachner, and Keith W. Kintigh
23 Mesoamerican Connections
Ben A. Nelson, Paul R. Fish, and Suzanne K. Fish
24 Navajo Archaeology
Kerry F. Thompson and Ronald H. Towner
25 Ndee (Apache) Archaeology
Sarah A. Herr, Nicholas C. Laluk, and John R. Welch
26 Plains-Pueblo Exchange
B. Sunday Eiselt and David Snow
27 Early Colonial Period
Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman and Kelly L. Jenks
28 Pobladores of New Mexico
Jun Oeno Sunseri
29 Territorial and Early Statehood Periods
Teresita Majewski and Lauren E. Jelinek
Material Culture
30 Built Environments
Michael Adler
31 Cooking Technologies
Eric Blinman, James M. Heidke, and Myles R. Miller
32 Hunting Technologies
John C. Whittaker and William D. Bryce
33 Perishable Technologies
Edward A. Jolie and Laurie D. Webster
34 Iconography
Marit K. Munson and Kelley Hays-Gilpin
35 Anthropogenic Landscapes
Christopher I. Roos
36 Agricultural Landscapes
Kurt Anschuetz, Eileen L. Camilli, and Christopher D. Banet
37 Movement and Migration
Catherine M. Cameron and Scott G. Ortman
38 Sacred Geographies
Ruth Van Dyke
39 Weather
Scott E. Ingram
40 Minerals
Andrew I. Duff, Judith A. Habicht-Mauche, and M. Steven Shackley
41 Plants
Suzanne K. Fish and Karen R. Adams
42 Animals
Karen Gust Schollmeyer and Katherine A. Spielmann
43 Humans
Ann L. W. Stodder
44 Spirits
Scott Van Keuren and William H. Walker

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