This volume of the Animas-La Plata series (SWCA Anthropological Research Paper No. 10) contains nineteen chapters and two appendixes that summarize the results of the Animas-La Plata Project. This volume has four objectives. The first is to address the research questions posed in the research design. The second is to provide a stand-alone summary of the project results for the scientific community and other interested readers. Third, this volume summarizes the conclusions of other ALP project reports and directs the reader to those reports for additional, more detailed information on specific research topics. The final goal is to present new ideas and insights concerning the archaeological record of the project area based on the new information generated by the project.
In this essential collection, fifteen scientists use a variety of remarkably extensive data sets--including paleoclimatic information, demographic modeling, archaeological evidence of architecture and artifacts, and analysis of human, plant, and animal remains--to provide new explanations for the 13th-century mass migration of the Pueblo from the Mesa Verde area.
This volume charts the rise and fall of the Classic Maya center of Xunantunich, paying special attention to its changing relationships with the communities that comprised its hinterlands. This allows them to paint a revised picture of Maya politics--one with different ways of governing and alliance formation between dominant centers and hinterland communities.
After Collapse blazes new research trails in both archaeology and the study of social change, demonstrating that archaeology can offer more clues to the "dark ages" that precede regeneration than text-based studies. It opens up a new window on the past by shifting the focus away from the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to their often more telling fall and rise.
Paleonutrition is the analysis of human prehistoric diets and the interpretation of dietary intake in relation to health and nutrition. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on paleonutrition. It includes the most recent research methods and describes the ways in which paleonutrition data are recovered, analyzed, and interpreted.
Based on archaeological investigations along State Route 85, this book provides a close look at the subtle interface between the archaeological cultures of the western Hohokam and eastern Patayan, including chapters on geomorphology, ceramics, lithics, shell, pollen, and ethnobotanical remains.
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