Exploring Ancient Native America: An Archaeological Guide

Exploring Ancient Native America: An Archaeological Guide

by David Hurst Thomas, Hu Thomas David
     
 

This guide combines field research with accounts of tribal life to offer a new perspective on Native American history, culture and ritual. Covering nine million square miles and 25,000 years, it includes: insights into prehistoric early native cultures; information on more than 400 prehistoric sites; and contributions from Native American scholars, poets, and

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This guide combines field research with accounts of tribal life to offer a new perspective on Native American history, culture and ritual. Covering nine million square miles and 25,000 years, it includes: insights into prehistoric early native cultures; information on more than 400 prehistoric sites; and contributions from Native American scholars, poets, and activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415923590
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Hurst Thomas has been a curator at the American Museum of Natural History for over twenty years and is a Founding Trustee of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He has excavated hundreds of sites, has edited more than eighty volumes, and is the author of Archaeology (1998) and Archaeology: Down to Earth (1999).

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Global Prologue1
Genesis
The First Americans9
Evidence at Folsom
Clovis: The Original Americans?
Hunting Mammoth
The Paleoindian Butcher Shop at Lubbock Lake
The Rancholabrean Extinction: Trouble in Paradise
Pre-Clovis Possibilities
The Curious Case of Calico Hills
Spreading Out Across America49
Defining the American Archaic
Desert Archaic Adaptations
Life in the Californian Archaic
The Northwest Coast Archaic
Bison Hunters of the Northern Plains
The Southeastern Archaic
Poverty Point: An Archaic Omen of Things to Come
Lessons from America's Archaic People
Agricultural Imperatives in the American Southwest89
Anasazi Advancements
The Anasazi of Mesa Verde
The Chaco Phenomenon
The Hohokam of the Sonora Desert
Farmers of the Mogollon Highlands
Harvesting the Eastern Woodlands124
The Adena Culture (1000-100 B.C.)
The Hopewell Complex (200 B.C.-A.D. 500)
The Hopewell Interaction Sphere
Regionalized Interactions: The Great Hopewell Road?
The Enigmatic Effigy Mounds (A.D. 350-1300)
The Plains Village Indians
Mississippian Transformations151
Cahokia: Mississippian City of the Sun
The Elite and Commoners of Moundville
Spiritual Symbolism at Spiro
The Outsized Eagle of Ocmulgee
Angel: Mississippian Hamlet in the Outback
Sun Watch: Archaeology in Action
Mississippian Demise and Survival
Colliding Worlds: Old and New?183
Mercantile Encounters
Spiritual Encounters
Military Encounters
Epilogue: An Enduring Encounter231
Encountering Native America: The Museum at Warm Springs
The Medicine Wheel: Archaeological Enigma or Consecrated Ground
Appendix245
Notes295
For Further Reading299
Index307

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