Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology

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Recent archaeological research on California includes a greater diversity of models and approaches to the region's past, as older literature on the subject struggles to stay relevant. This comprehensive volume offers an in-depth look at the most recent theoretical and empirical developments in the field including key controversies relevant to the Golden State: coastal colonization, impacts of comets and drought cycles, systems of power, Polynesian contacts, and the role of indigenous peoples in the research ...

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Overview

Recent archaeological research on California includes a greater diversity of models and approaches to the region's past, as older literature on the subject struggles to stay relevant. This comprehensive volume offers an in-depth look at the most recent theoretical and empirical developments in the field including key controversies relevant to the Golden State: coastal colonization, impacts of comets and drought cycles, systems of power, Polynesian contacts, and the role of indigenous peoples in the research process, among others. With a specific emphasis on those aspects of California's past that resonate with the state's modern cultural identity, the editors and contributors—all leading figures in California archaeology—seek a new understanding of the myth and mystique of the Golden State.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611320916
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry L. Jones is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he has taught for the last 13 years. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis in 1995 and his MA in Cultural Resources Management from Sonoma State University in 1982. He has worked as a professional archaeologist for 30 years, mostly on the central California coast where he studies hunter-gatherer ecology and maritime adaptations. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters on California prehistory as well as monographs and edited volumes.

Jennifer E. Perry worked in CRM in southern California before obtaining her PhD in 2003 in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional interests concern human-environment interactions, specifically hunter-gatherer societies in coastal settings. Her research focuses on the Channel Islands, where she maintains a cooperative research agreement with Channel Islands National Park. She has taught at Pomona College since 2002, where she is currently an associate professor of anthropology and environmental analysis.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Origins, Environment, and Ecology

1. The Archaeology of a Goodly Ilande - Terry L. Jones and Jennifer E. Perry

2. A Land by the Sea - Jon M. Erlandson

3. A Land Impacted? The Younger-Dryas Boundary (YDB) Event in California - Terry L. Jones and Douglas J. Kennett

4. A Land of Diversity: Genetic Insights into Ancestral Origins - John R. Johnson, Cara Monroe, Brian Kemp, and Joseph G. Lorenz

5. A Land of Many People: Population Dynamics as Context and Catalyst - Kathleen L. Hull

6. A Land of Many Seasons: Bioarchaeology and the Medieval Climatic Anomaly Hypothesis in central California - Terry L. Jones and Al W. Schwitalla

7. A Land of Work: Foraging Behavior and Ecology - Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird, and Terry L. Jones

8. A Land of Prestige - William R. Hildebrandt and Kelly McGuire

9. A Land of Fire: Anthropogenic Burning on the Central Coast of California - Rob Cuthrell, Chuck Striplen, Mark Hylkema, and Kent G. Lightfoot

PART II: Social Dimensions of the Past

10. A Land of Power: The Materiality of Wealth, Knowledge, Authority, and the Supernatural - Lynn H. Gamble

11. A Land of Violence - Mark W. Allen

12. A Land Visited: Reviewing the Case for Polynesian Contact in Southern California - Terry L. Jones and Kathryn A. Klar

13. A Land of Style: A Quantitative and Cultural Transmission Approach to Understanding Coso

Rock Art - Jelmer W. Eerkens, Rebecca Dinkel, and Carol Ormsbee

14. A Land of Vision and Dreams - Tamara K. Whitley and David S. Whitley

15. A Land of Boundaries - David W. Robinson, Michelle Wienhold, and Wendy Whitby

16. A Land of Many Genders - Daniel Murley and Sandra Hollimon

17. A Land of Ethnogenesis - Barbara L. Voss

18. A Land of Cultural Pluralism: Case Studies from California's Colonial Frontiers - Tsim D Schneider, Sara L Gonzalez, Kent G. Lightfoot, Lee M. Panich and Matthew A Russell

19. A Land of Inequality - Adrian Praetzellis and Mary Praetzellis

20. A Land of Many Archaeologists: Archaeology with Native Californians - Desireé Reneé Martinez

21. A Land of Many Perspectives - Jennifer E. Perry and Terry L. Jones

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