California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

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Overview

Some forty scholars examine California's prehistory and archaeology, looking at marine and terrestrial palaeoenvironments, initial human colonization, linguistic prehistory, early forms of exchange, mitochondrial DNA studies, and rock art. This work is the most extensive study of California's prehistory undertaken in the past 20 years. An essential resource for any scholar of California prehistory and archaeology!

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Editorial Reviews

American Archaeology
Editors Terry Jones . . . and Kathryn Klar . . . have done an outstanding job of assembling a vast store of information and making it readable and understandable to the non-expert. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in California archaeology and a model for other regions to emulate.
— Mark Michel
Choice
This new book is now the primary reference on the prehistory of the entire state, updating two classic 1984 volumes (Joseph Chartkoff and Kerry Kona Chartkoff, The Archaeology of California, CH, Feb'85; Michael Moratto, California Archaeology, CH, Mar'85). Since then, an abundance of new information has accumulated from contract archaeology field projects, and new methods of analysis, theoretical perspectives, and research questions have emerged. For this comprehensive review, more than 50 authors contributed chapters on their specialties. Ten chapters divide the state into geographic regions; for each, authors present detailed descriptions of the succession of cultures and particular research themes. Other chapters review paleoclimate change, linguistic prehistory, materials trade, rock art, and DNA. In the book's subtitle, "Colonization" refers to the origin and spread of California's earliest populations. "Culture" refers to continuities and relationships among prehistoric populations through space and time. "Complexity" refers to the elaborations that evolved among California's hunter-gatherers, including a high degree of regional differentiation, relatively dense populations, intensive economies, social ranking, and sociopolitical organization. A basic reference for students and professionals. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
American Archaeology - Mark Michel
Editors Terry Jones . . . and Kathryn Klar . . . have done an outstanding job of assembling a vast store of information and making it readable and understandable to the non-expert. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in California archaeology and a model for other regions to emulate.
CHOICE
This new book is now the primary reference on the prehistory of the entire state, updating two classic 1984 volumes (Joseph Chartkoff and Kerry Kona Chartkoff, The Archaeology of California, CH, Feb'85; Michael Moratto, California Archaeology, CH, Mar'85). Since then, an abundance of new information has accumulated from contract archaeology field projects, and new methods of analysis, theoretical perspectives, and research questions have emerged. For this comprehensive review, more than 50 authors contributed chapters on their specialties. Ten chapters divide the state into geographic regions; for each, authors present detailed descriptions of the succession of cultures and particular research themes. Other chapters review paleoclimate change, linguistic prehistory, materials trade, rock art, and DNA. In the book's subtitle, "Colonization" refers to the origin and spread of California's earliest populations. "Culture" refers to continuities and relationships among prehistoric populations through space and time. "Complexity" refers to the elaborations that evolved among California's hunter-gatherers, including a high degree of regional differentiation, relatively dense populations, intensive economies, social ranking, and sociopolitical organization. A basic reference for students and professionals. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Brian Fagan
At last, a comprehensive review of California archaeology for specialists and advanced students alike! Jones and Klar have assembled a magnificent orchestra of specialists, who provide an up-to-date, comprehensive synthesis of the subject from a multidisciplinary perspective. California Prehistory is destined to become a fundamental work for anyone wishing to delve into the complexities of California prehistory at a general and technical level. Strongly recommended to anyone with a serious interest in the early chapters of California history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759119604
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 922,734
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry L. Jones is an archaeologist at California Polytechnic University, San Luis, Obispo. Kathryn A. Klar is a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Archaeological Progress since 1984 Chapter 2 Late Pleistocene and Holocene Environments Chapter 3 Post-glacial Evolution of Coastal Environments Chapter 4 One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Who Were the First Californians? Chapter 5 Colonization Technologies: Fluted Projectile Points and the San Clemente Island Woodworking/Microblade Complex Chapter 6 Linguistic Prehistory Chapter 7 Northwest California: Ancient Lifeways Among Forested Mountains, Flowing Rivers, and Rocky Ocean Shores Chapter 8 Punctuated Culture Change in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 9 The Central Coast: A Mid-Latitude Milieu Chapter 10 The Central Valley: A View from the Catbird's Seat Chapter 11 Models Made of Glass: A Prehistory of Northeast California Chapter 12 The Sierra Nevada: Archaeology in the Range of Light Chapter 13 Prehistory of the Northern California Bight and the Adjacent Transverse Ranges Chapter 14 Prehistory of the Southern Bight: Models for a New Millennium Chapter 15 Advances in Understanding Mojave Desert Prehistory Chapter 16 The Colorado Desert: Ancient Adaptations to Wetlands and Wastelands Chapter 17 Prehistoric Material Conveyance Chapter 18 Rock Art in the Golden State: Pictographs and Petroglyphs, Portable and Panoramic Chapter 19 Prehistoric Mitochondrial DNA and Population Movements Chapter 20 Colonization, Culture and Complexity 21 References

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