Chiefdoms And Other Archaeological Delusions / Edition 1

Chiefdoms And Other Archaeological Delusions / Edition 1

by Timothy R. Pauketat
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759108293

ISBN-13: 9780759108295

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: AltaMira Press

In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been constructed by, their social arrangements. In turn, archaeologists have all too often relied on these models to reconstruct the lives of ancient peoples. In lively, engaging, and informed prose, Timothy Pauketat debunks much of

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In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been constructed by, their social arrangements. In turn, archaeologists have all too often relied on these models to reconstruct the lives of ancient peoples. In lively, engaging, and informed prose, Timothy Pauketat debunks much of this social-evolutionary theorizing about human development, as he ponders the evidence of 'chiefdoms' left behind by the Mississippian culture of the American southern heartland. This book challenges all students of history and prehistory to reexamine the actual evidence that archaeology has made available, and to do so with an open mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759108295
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
1,213,354
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Principles and Principals Chapter 2 A Crisis in Mississippian Archaeology Chapter 3 Breaking the Law of Cultural Dominance Chapter 4 Parsing Mississippian Chiefdoms Chapter 5 The X-Factor Chapter 6 Yoffee's Rule and Cahokia Chapter 7 What Constitutes Civilization? Community and Control in the Southwest, Mexico, and Mesopotamia Chapter 8 Truth, Justice, and the Archaeological Way

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