Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology as Historical Process seeks to show how hunter-gatherer societies were more complex than simple remnants of a prehistoric past. Combining the latest empirical studies of archaeological practice with the latest conceptual tools of anthropological and historical theory, this volume will be of great interest to anyone involved with the study of foraging peoples.
This book examines how communities from three aboriginal nations in what is now southwestern On-tario negotiated the changes that accompanied the arrival of Europeans and maintained a cultural continuity with their pasts that has been too often overlooked in conventional "master narrative" histories of contact.
A simple food-preparation device reveals complexities of an ancient culture. In this careful investigation into the cultural significance of a simple tool, Michael Searcy's ethnographic observations are guided by his interest in how grinding stone traditions have persisted--and how they are changing today--and by a desire to enhance archaeological interpretation of these stones that were fundamental to prehispanic agriculturalists with corn-based cuisines.
This useful volume offers new insights into the many ways in which the dead and the living interacted in prehistoric and historic Mesoamerica. Here well-known scholars offer synergistic insights by employing historical sources, comparative art history, anthropology, and sociology, as well as archeology and anthropology. Together they uncover surprising commonalities across Mesoamerican cultures.
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