The Anasazi in a Changing Environment

The Anasazi in a Changing Environment

by George J. Gumerman
     
 

The contributors to this book seek to reconstruct the past environment of the North American Southwest using geological and botanical remains, particularly the evidence from tree rings. Archaeological predictions about the ways in which the Anasazi (ancestral Pueblo) would react under certain environmental and demographic conditions are matched over time against

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The contributors to this book seek to reconstruct the past environment of the North American Southwest using geological and botanical remains, particularly the evidence from tree rings. Archaeological predictions about the ways in which the Anasazi (ancestral Pueblo) would react under certain environmental and demographic conditions are matched over time against the reconstructed environment to provide an understanding of how human behavior is affected by the changing environment.

The book outlines a thousand-year chronicle of environmental and cultural history that provides an experimental baseline for explaining broad patterns of interaction between humans and their environment. It sets a new standard in archaeological research, and at the same time links the ancient past with the modern world around us in thought-provoking fashion.

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A week-long seminar at the School of American Research in Oct. 1981 heard most of these papers at a seminar entitled "Anasazi Cultural Developments and Paleoenvironmental Correlates". They dealt with many aspects of climate and its changes: historical perspectives; a model of behavioral adaptation; alluvial chronology and hydrologic change; vegetation and paleoclimates; dendrochronology; demographic patterns; demography and cultural dynamics; and adaptive strategies. These are very important contributions to Anasazi studies specifically, and to methodology in archaeology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521346313
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/1988
Series:
School of American Research Advanced Seminars Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

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