A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz

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In his thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research, Douglas W. Schwartz's far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in his influence on the field of anthropological archaeology. The twelve essays in this volume celebrate his contributions by looking back at changes in the field and forward to vital questions, methods, and theories yet nascent. Ranging geographically from the North American Southwest-where Schwartz himself conducted extensive research-to Mesopotamia, central America, and the Indian subcontinent and chronologically from early hominid evolution through archaic hunter-gatherers to the classic and historical Maya, the distinguished contributors make the case for Schwartz's enduring legacy. Addressing major issues in relations of power, writing systems, and directions for future research, this volume is at once mature in its depth and exciting in its boldness.
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1 Introduction 3
2 Hunter-gatherers, archaeology, and the role of selection in the evolution of the human mind 19
3 Economic competition and agricultural involution in the precontact North American Southwest 41
4 Kinship and the dynamics of the house : rediscovering dualism in the pueblo past 69
5 The institutionalization of leadership and inequality : integrating process and history 101
6 "Invisible" social sectors in early Mesopotamian state societies 121
7 The polycentricity of the archaic civilizations 149
8 Ecology in human evolution : the origin of humans and their complex societies 169
9 The power of landscapes 209
10 Polity and economy in fourteenth- through seventeenth-century South India : lessons from archaeology and history 229
11 Ideology and classic Maya kingship 257
12 Ethnohistorical knowledge and interdisciplinary research : rethinking colonial "resistance" on the colonial frontiers of Yucatan 287
13 Concluding comments : the continuing vitality of anthropological archaeology 317
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