Religion In The Prehispanic Southwest

Author: Christine S. VanPool
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759113955
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Religion In The Prehispanic Southwest from the Author: Christine S. VanPool. Religion mattered to the prehistoric Southwestern people, just as it matters to their descendents today. Examining the role of religion can help to explain architecture, pottery, agriculture, even commerce. But archaeologists have only recently developed the theoretical and methodological tools with which to study this topic. Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest marks the first book-length study of prehistoric religion in the region. Drawing on a rich array of empirical approaches, the contributors show the importance of understanding beliefs and ritual for a range of time periods and southwestern societies. For professional and avocational archaeologists, for religion scholars and students, Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest represents an important contribution.

A Land So Strange

Author: Andrés Reséndez
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465068413
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A Land So Strange from the Author: Andrés Reséndez. Describes how four castaways, survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Florida, endured years of enslavement before finally making their way to the Pacific Ocean, a harrowing decade-long journey that took them across the unexplored wilderness of North America.

Ancestors And Elites

Author: Gordon F. M. Rakita
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759113299
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Ancestors And Elites from the Author: Gordon F. M. Rakita. Ancestors and Elites examines prehispanic ritual behaviors characteristic of the Casas Grandes region of Chihuahua, Mexico. Gordon Rakita analyzes the archaeological data from the site with respect to broader anthropological theories regarding both religious practices and the rise of complex societies. This confluence of empirical fact and general theory allows Rakita to explore in detail the complex, reciprocal relationship between ritual practices and developing social complexity at PaquimZ, one of the best-documented archaeological sites in the region.

Archaeology Of Ancient Mexico And Central America

Author: Susan Toby Evans
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136801863
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Archaeology Of Ancient Mexico And Central America from the Author: Susan Toby Evans. First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Salado Archaeology Of The Upper Gila New Mexico

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816522224
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Salado Archaeology Of The Upper Gila New Mexico from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. Salado is an enigma of the past. One of the most spectacular cultures of the ancient Southwest, its brilliant polychrome pottery has been subjected to varied interpretations, from religious cult to artistic horizon. Stephen Lekson now uses data from two Salado sitesÑa large pueblo and a small farmsteadÑto clarify long-standing misconceptions about this culture. By combining analysis of the large whole-vessel collection at Dutch Ruin with the scientific excavation of Villareal II, a picture of Salado emerges that enables Lekson to evaluate previous competing theories and propose that Salado represents a major fourteenth-century migration of Pueblo peoples into the Chihuahuan deserts. Lekson demonstrates that late, short-lived Salado farmsteadsÑdifficult to identify archaeologically in areas with larger Mimbres concentrationsÑcoexisted with larger Salado towns, and he argues that Salado in the Upper Gila region appears as a substantial in-migration of Mogollon Uplands populations into what was a vacant river valley. Throughout the fourteenth century, Salado communities in the Upper Gila were integrated into the larger Salado horizon and were closely connected to Casas Grandes, as indicated by the export of serpentine to the city of PaquimŽ and the occurrence of Casas Grandes pottery at Upper Gila Salado sites. The book includes illustrations of 71 vessels from Dutch Ruin plus a full-color frontispiece. Through analysis of these two sites, Lekson has taken a large step toward clearing up the mystery of Salado. His work will be welcomed by all who study the movements of peoples in the prehispanic Southwest.

The Road To Aztlan

Author: Virginia M. Fields
Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum
ISBN:
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The Road To Aztlan from the Author: Virginia M. Fields. Published in conjunction with the major exhibition, 'The Road to Aztlan: Art from a Mythic Homeland' explores the art derived from and created about the legendary area that encompasses the American Southwest and portions of Mexico long before they were separated by an international border. The book and accompanying exhibition view Aztlan as a metaphoric centre and allegorical place of origin for the various peoples of the Southwest and Mexico. Cultural interactions between the two areas span two millennia, beginning with maize cultivation, which spread north from Mexico around BC 1200. The book also investigates the relationship between myth and history as expressed in art and material culture of the region's inhabitants over time and the relationship and continuities of cultural practices over the course of the pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary eras. Crucial to these changing relationships are aspects of tradition and innovation within cultures as! people sought to negotiate, maintain, and redefine their identities in the face of social disruption.

A History Of The Ancient Southwest

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
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A History Of The Ancient Southwest from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, kings and commoners, war and peace, triumphs and failures. In this view, Chaco Canyon was a geopolitical reaction to the "Colonial Period" Hohokam expansion and the Hohokam "Classic Period" was the product of refugee Chacoan nobles, chased off the Colorado Plateau by angry farmers. Far to the south, Casas Grandes was a failed attempt to create a Mesoamerican state, and modern Pueblo people--with societies so different from those at Chaco and Casas Grandes--deliberately rejected these monumental, hierarchical episodes of their past. From the publisher: The second printing of A History of the Ancient Southwest has corrected the errors noted below. SAR Press regrets an error on Page 72, paragraph 4 (also Page 275, note 2) regarding "absolute dates." "50,000 dates" was incorrectly published as "half a million dates." Also P. 125, lines 13-14: "Between 21,000 and 27,000 people lived there" should read "Between 2,100 and 2,700 people lived there."

The Archaeology Of Regional Interaction

Author: Michelle Hegmon
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780870815225
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The Archaeology Of Regional Interaction from the Author: Michelle Hegmon. This book surpasses most regional studies, which often consider only settlement patterns or exchange, and investigates other forms of interaction such as intermarriage and the spread of religious practices. The authors focus especially on understanding the social processes that underlie archaeological evidence of interaction. The essays in this volume examine what regional systems involve, in terms of political and economic relations, and how they can be identified.

The Archaeology Of Chaco Canyon

Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
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The Archaeology Of Chaco Canyon from the Author: Stephen H. Lekson. The site of a great Ancestral Pueblo center in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, the ruins in Chaco Canyon look like a city to some archaeologists, a ceremonial center to others. Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology, although all agree they were exceptional in Southwestern prehistory. In this capstone volume, the contributors address central archaeological themes, including environment, organization of production, architecture, regional issues, and society and polity.They place Chaco in its time and in its region, considering what came before and after its heyday and its neighbors to the north and south, including Mesoamerica.