The Chaco Anasazi: Sociopolitical Evolution in the Prehistoric Southwest

The Chaco Anasazi: Sociopolitical Evolution in the Prehistoric Southwest

by Lynne Sebastian, Sebastian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521574684

ISBN-13: 9780521574686

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the tenth century AD, a remarkable cultural development took place in the harsh and forbidding San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. From small-scale, simply organized, prehistoric Pueblo societies, a complex and socially differentiated political system emerged that has become known as the Chaco Phenomenon. This study combines information on political

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Overview

In the tenth century AD, a remarkable cultural development took place in the harsh and forbidding San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. From small-scale, simply organized, prehistoric Pueblo societies, a complex and socially differentiated political system emerged that has become known as the Chaco Phenomenon. This study combines information on political evolution with archaeological data to produce a sociopolitically based model of the rise, florescence, and decline of the Chaco Phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521574686
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
New Studies in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The Chaco Phenomenon: background and history of research; 3. Sociopolitical complexity and the Chaco system; 4. Routes to sociopolitical power; 5. Previous explanations for the Chaco Phenomenon; 6. Relations of power, labor investment, and the political evolution of the Chaco system; 7. Summary and new directions; Appendix: the computer simulation.

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