Prehistory of the Americas

ISBN-10: 0521425441
ISBN-13: 9780521425445
Edition: 2nd 1992 (Revised)
Authors: Stuart J. Fiedel
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Book details

List price: $59.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Fiedels 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. Prehistory of the Americas examines archaeological evidence of the earliest human migration from Asia to the New World; the rapid expansion of Paleo-Indian hunters; the adaptations of archaic hunter-gatherers to post-Ice Age life; the origins and spread of farming and village life; and the rise and fall of chiefdoms and states. The author describes how different regions in the New World evolved, affected by a variety of factors ranging from technological developments to climate change. He compares the evolution of New World prehistory with that of Old World cultures. Discussion of the development of American archaeology, from the early European encounters with native Americans to the new archaeology, is also included.

The development of American archaeology: a brief review
From Africa to Siberia: early human migrations in the old world
The Paleo-Indians
The archaic: post-Pleistocene foragers
The origins of agriculture and village life
Chiefdoms and states: the emergence of complex societies
Parallel worlds

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