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Seeking Our Past An Introduction to North American Archaeology

ISBN-10: 0195173848
ISBN-13: 9780195173840
Edition: 2007
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Description: Seeking Our Past: An Introduction to North American Archaeology offers an up-to-date and engaging introduction to North America's past that also illustrates contemporary archaeological practice. The authors include examples from both North American  More...

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List price: $74.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

Seeking Our Past: An Introduction to North American Archaeology offers an up-to-date and engaging introduction to North America's past that also illustrates contemporary archaeological practice. The authors include examples from both North American prehistory and history--drawn from academic archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM)--in order to provide a broad overview of how the continent was settled, what archaeologists have learned about life across the North American culture areas, and how current archaeologists research our past. Chapters are enhanced by case studies written especially for this book by the original researchers. Through these case studies readers gain familiarity with particular projects and insight into what archaeologists actually do. In addition, the authors cover such important ethical issues as respecting and working with descendant populations and the need for archaeological stewardship. They also provide valuable information about contemporary practice and careers in archaeology. An exceptional resource, Seeking Our Past incorporates numerous pedagogical aids including: * Three types of text boxes: "Faces in Archaeology" offer profiles of working archaeologists; "Issues and Debates" address ethical concerns and scholarly debates; and "Clues to the Past" examine specific artifacts or features in detail * Maps of regions and cultures discussed in the text * Chapter summaries featuring bulleted lists of major points * Suggested reading lists at the end of each chapter and discussion questions after each case study * An extensive glossary * An Instructor's Manual, available to adopters * Student CD including additional sections; more case studies, "Issues and Debates" boxes, and "Faces in Archaeology" profiles; full-color illustrations; a complete list of references; a study guide (with questions and quizzes); and an "Exploring Further" section with links to related websites and recommendations of sites and museums to visit

Each chapter includes a Chapter Summary, Suggestions for Further Reading, and Other Resources. STUDENT CD CONTENTS PREFACE CONTRIBUTORS ILLUSTRATION CREDITS PART 1: INTRODUCING NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY Chapter 1: The Nature and Practice of North American Archaeology The Scope of This Book What Is North American Archaeology? BOX 1.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: Who Were the Mound Builders? The North American Archaeologist PROFILE 1.1 FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: W. James Judge, Professor and Director of the Chaco Project PROFILE 1.2 FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: Lynne Sebastian, Archaeologist and Historic Preservationist BOX 1.2 ISSUES AND DEBATES: Politics and Scholarship in the Investigation of New York City's African Burial Ground An Overview of the Archaeological Process Case Study: The Pueblo Grande Project: An Example of Multidisciplinary Research in a Compliance Setting, Cory Dale Breternitz and Christine K. Robinson Chapter 2: Culture and Environment in North America's Past North American Culture Areas BOX 2.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: What Are You Called? Names and Politics North American Environments BOX 2.2 ISSUES AND DEBATES: Is Environmental Reconstruction an Ancillary Study? The Climate of North America The Systematics of North American Culture History PROFILE 2.1 FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: Julie Stein, Archaeologist and Geoarchaeologist PROFILE 2.2 FACES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: Robert Kelly, Archaeologist and Professor Themes in the Study of North America's Past A Final Word About Dates and Dating Case Study: It Takes a Team: Interdisciplinary Research at the Koster Site, Michael D. Wiant and Sarah W. Neusius PART 2: THE NORTH AMERICAN PAST Chapter 3: Peopling of the Americas When Were the Americas Settled? The Clovis-First Scenario EXHIBIT 3.1 CLUES TO THE PAST: Fluted Points: The Original American Invention? Does the Clovis-First Scenario Account for All the Evidence? Key Puzzles in the Data on Early Settlement BOX 3.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: Why Is the Kennewick Case So Significant? Paleoindian Adaptations Case Study: Sea Change: The Paleocoastal Occupations of Daisy Cave, Jon M. Erlandson Chapter 4: Foragers of the North Definition of the Areas The Environment Early Cultures EXHIBIT 4.1 CLUES TO THE PAST: Microblades Archaic Arctic Small Tool Tradition Later Cultures of the Arctic: Dorset, Norton, and Thule Later Cultures of the Subarctic Historic Period BOX 4.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: How Far Did the Vikings Get? Case Study: From Sites to Social Evolution: The Study of Emergent Complexity in the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska, Ben Fitzhugh Chapter 5: Paths to Complexity on the Northwest Coast Definition of the Area The Environment BOX 5.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: How Many Old Scarred Trees Do We Need? Early Cultures Archaic Pacific Period EXHIBIT 5.1 CLUES TO THE PAST: Basketry and Cordage Modern Period Case Study: Archaeological/Anthropological-Native American Coordination: An Example of Sharing the Research on the Northwest Coast of North America, Rhonda Foster, Larry Ross, and Dale R. Croes Chapter 6: Rivers, Roots, and Rabbits: The Plateau Definition of the Area The Environment Early Cultures BOX 6.1 ISSUES AND DEBATES: Volcanoes and Human Settlement Middle Period EXHIBIT 6.1 CLUE

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