Fiedel's book, exploring the development of the prehistoric cultures of North, Central and South America from about 10,000 BC to AD 1530, has been updated to include discussion of recent discoveries and analyses of their implications. The author describes how different regions of the New World evolved, affected by a variety of factors ranging from population growth to climate change. He compares the evolution of the New World with that of the cultures of the Old World. Discussion of the development of American archaeology from the early European encounters with native Americans to the "new" archaeology is also included.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.81(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.91(d)|
Table of Contents1. The development of American archaeology: a brief review; 2. From Africa to Siberia: early human migrations in the old world; 3. The Paleo-Indians; 4. The archaic: post-Pleistocene foragers; 5. The origins of agriculture and village life; 6. Chiefdoms and states: the emergence of complex societies; 7. Parallel worlds.