Prehistory of Agriculture: New Experimental and Ethnographic Approaches By Patricia C. Anderson
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The twenty-eight contributors to this book show how experimental and ethnographic approaches are being used to shed new light on the process of domestication, and harvesting techniques, tools and... More > technology in the period just before and just after the appearance of agriculture. The book takes an explicity comparative approach, with chapters on SW Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.< Less
Hunter-Gatherers of Early Holocene Coastal California By Jon M. Erlandson, Roger H. Colten
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This volume is the first to bring together a number of studies on the Early Holocene of the California coast (ca. 10,000 to 6600 BP). Erlandson and Colten have assembled contributions that may be of... More > interest to a broad spectrum of scholars whose research pertains to any of the following: early sites in the Americas, coastal adaptations, hunter-gatherer adaptations, general Pacific coast prehistory, and the specific history of research on pre-6600 BP occupations of coastal California.< Less
Domestic Ritual in Ancient Mesoamerica By Patricia Plunket
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Focuses on ritual expression in at the household level, comparing the manifestation ofs of domestic ritual across time and space in both the cores and peripheries of ancient Mesoamerica, in the... More > cities and in the villages. The authors explore the ways in whihc cosmological principles and concepts of the sacred were used in the construction of ritual space and practice, how local landscapes provided templates for the images and paraphernalia recovered from archaeological contexts, how foreign enclaves relaied on ritual for social reproduction, and how domestic ritual was related to, and indeed embedded in, institutionalized state religions.< Less
Who is Afraid of Basketry By Willeke Wendrich
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Original publication year: 1991. Who is Afraid of Basketry is a guide to recording basketry and cordage for archaeologists and ethnographers. This is a very practical, well-illustrated step-by-step... More > explanation on how to describe, draw, photograph and handle archaeological basketry. Originally published in 1991, the book has been made available online with a database template, the BasketBase, which users can download and use for free at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/7p51v5jz. See the left hand tab "Supporting Material."< Less
Maya Zooarchaeology: New Directions in Method and Theory By Kitty F. Emery
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A comprehensive work, combining traditional zooarchaeological reports and various state-of-the-art summaries of methods and theoretical perspectives. This combination of detailed discussions of basic... More > zooarchaeological data with reviews of important themes in Maya zooarchaeology emphasizes the central issues that guide our research from basic data collection through final comparative interpretation. The chapters emphasize the newest developments in technical methods, the most recent trends in the analysis of "social zooarchaeology," and the broadening perspectives provided by a new geographic range of investigations. The main focus of the volume remains on fostering cooperation among Mesoamerican zooarchaeologists at the levels of both preliminary analysis and final theoretical reconstruction.< Less
Rice Bowls in the Delta By Julia G. Costello, Mary L. Maniery
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Artifacts Recovered from the 1915 Asian Community of Walnut Grove, California
The World According to Basketry By Willeke Wendrich
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Interpretation of Basketry Production and Basket Makers in Ancient and Modern Egypt
Us and Them: Archaeology and Ethnicity in the Andes By Richard Martin Reycraft
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This volume brings together a corpus of scholars whose work collectively represents a significant advancement in the study of prehistoric ethnicity in the Andean region. The assembled research... More > represents an outstanding collection of theoretical and methodological approaches, and conveys recent discoveries in several subfields of prehistoric Andean anthropology, including spatial archaeology, mortuary archaeology, textile studies, ceramic analysis, and biological anthropology. Many of the authors in this volume apply novel research techniques, while others wield more established approaches in original ways. Although the research presented in this volume has occurred in the Andean region, many of the novel methods applied will be applicable to other geographic regions, and it is hoped that this research will stimulate others to pursue future innovative work in the prehistoric study of ethnic identification.< Less
Conservation Manual for the Field Archaeologist By Catherine Sease
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Conservation treatments and techniques for the archaeologist in the field, emphasizing how to conserve an excavated object before it is taken to a trained conservator offsite. Safety procedures and... More > conservation supplies and materials are recommended. Techniques for lifting, cleaning, consolidating, marking, and storing are discussed, along with methods for treating specific artifact materials (e.g., amber, wood). Appendixes cover impressions and chemical preparations.< Less
Catalysts to Complexity By Jon M. Erlandson, Terry L. Jones
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Essays in this volume explore the last three and one half millennia of the long history of the California Coast, focusing on the archaeological signatures of emergent cultural complexity. Organized... More > geographically, they provide a mosaic of archaeological, historic, and ethnographic findings that illuminate cultural changes over time. To explain these Late Holocene cultural developments, the authors address issues ranging from culture history, paleoenvironments, settlement, subsistence, exchange, ritual, power, to division of labor, and employ both ecological and post-modern perspectives. Complex cultural expressions, most highly developed in the Santa Barbara Channel and the North Coast, are viewed alternatively as fairly recent and abrupt responses to environmental flux or the end-product of gradual progressions that began earlier in the Holocene.< Less
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