The Archaeology of Settlement Abandonment in Middle America (Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series)

The Archaeology of Settlement Abandonment in Middle America (Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series)

by Takeshi Inomata, Ronald W. Webb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0874807530

ISBN-13: 9780874807530

Pub. Date: 06/15/2003

Publisher: University of Utah Press

Mesoamerican archaeologists have long been interested in the collapse of political systems or civilizations but have been slow to undertake detailed abandonment analyses of specific settlements. The Archaeology of Settlement Abandonment in Middle America explores some of the old questions in Middle American archaeology in light of the newer theoretical

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Mesoamerican archaeologists have long been interested in the collapse of political systems or civilizations but have been slow to undertake detailed abandonment analyses of specific settlements. The Archaeology of Settlement Abandonment in Middle America explores some of the old questions in Middle American archaeology in light of the newer theoretical approach provided by abandonment studies. Unlike much of the abandonment work previously done in the American Southwest, a number of contributions to this volume examine relatively large population centers.

Among the original contributions in this collection is the discovery that deposits resulting from termination rituals are more common than previously thought. Several chapters point out that structures and places can continue to serve ritual functions even after abandonment. Another finding is that the causes of abandonment—warfare, economic marginalization, or natural cataclysm—are likely to have varied effects on different social groups, which in turn sheds light on occupational histories in specific sites preceding major abandonments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874807530
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
06/15/2003
Series:
Foundations of Archaeological Inquiry Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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