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Before California : An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants / Edition 15
     

Before California : An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants / Edition 15

by Brian Fagan
 

ISBN-10: 0759103747

ISBN-13: 9780759103740

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Before California is the first comprehensive look at the history of the Golden State prior to the arrival of European settlers. Written by America's best known archaeological trade and textbook author, the book describes the process of settlement of the Pacific Coast by Paleo-Indians and the environmental and human transformations of the next 13,000 years,

Overview

Before California is the first comprehensive look at the history of the Golden State prior to the arrival of European settlers. Written by America's best known archaeological trade and textbook author, the book describes the process of settlement of the Pacific Coast by Paleo-Indians and the environmental and human transformations of the next 13,000 years, emphasizing themes of adaptation, interconnectedness, and spirituality. More than a rehashing of received wisdom, Fagan explores the controversies surrounding the first human settlement, then describes the first peoples to colonize the Pacific coast and offshore islands, their watercraft and fishing practices. The transformation from a gathering economy to acorn processing and hunting is highlighted, as is the increasing social complexity, gender differentiation, and intensification of intergroup conflict and trade. Individual chapters describe distinctive societies in widely contrasting environments—northwest salmon fishers, Bay area shell mound communities, Central Valley wetland villagers, desert foragers, and the sophisticated coastal societies of the Channel Islands region. Fagan also devotes a chapter to California's rock art, melding his description with wider cultural events. Calling upon a century of archaeological research, Fagan provides an jargon-free, well-illustrated account accessible to the general public interested in the early history and indigenous peoples of the state. Before California also makes an ideal textbook for courses in California history, archaeology, and native peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759103740
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Archaeologist's Tale Chapter 2 A Stream of Time (Before 12,000 BC to AD 1542) Part 3 Beginnings (Before 11,200 to c. 2,500 BC) Chapter 4 First Footprints (Before 11,200 BC to c. 9,000 BC) Chapter 5 The First Coastal Settlement (11,000 to 6,500 BC) Chapter 6 The Mainland: A World of Milling Stones (9,500 to 2,500 BC) Chapter 7 The Dolphin Hunters (c. 6,500 to 2,500 BC) Part 8 The Web of Interconnectedness (c. 2,500 to 1,500 BC) Chapter 9 A Changing World (c. 2,500 to 1,500 BC) Chapter 10 The Seductive Glass Chapter 11 The Realm of the Supernatural Chapter 12 Art on the Rocks Part 13 A Crowded World (c. 1,500 BC to AD 1542) Chapter 14 The Northwest: Dugouts and Salmon Chapter 15 San Francisco Bay: A Landscape of Mounds Chapter 16 Central Valley and Foothills Chapter 17 The South and Southeast: Coast, Hinterland, and Desert Chapter 18 Santa Barbara Channel: The World of the Tomol Chapter 19 Entrada Chapter 20 Notes and References

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