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Archaeology on the Great Plains

ISBN-10: 0700610006
ISBN-13: 9780700610006
Edition: 1998 (Reprint)
Authors: W. Raymond Wood
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Description: Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to central Canada, North America's great interior grasslands were home to nomadic hunters and semisedentary farmers for almost 11,500 years before the arrival of Euro-American settlers. Pan-continental trade  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 7/29/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 522
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to central Canada, North America's great interior grasslands were home to nomadic hunters and semisedentary farmers for almost 11,500 years before the arrival of Euro-American settlers. Pan-continental trade between these hunters and horticulturists helped make the lifeways of Plains Indians among the richest and most colorful of Native Americans. This volume is the first attempt to synthesize current knowledge on the cultural history of the Great Plains since Wedel's Prehistoric Man on the Great Plains became the standard reference on the subject almost forty years ago. Fourteen authors have undertaken the task of examining archaeological phenomena through time and by region to present a systematic overview of the region's human history. Focusing on habitat and cultural diversity and on the changing archaeological record, they reconstruct how people responded to the varying environment, climate, and biota of the grasslands to acquire the resources they needed to survive. The contributors have analyzed archaeological artifacts and other evidence to present a systematic overview of human history in each of the five key Plains regions: Southern, Central, Middle Missouri, Northeastern, and Northwestern. They review the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Plains Village peoples and tell how their cultural traditions have continued from ancient to modern times. Each essay covers technology, diet, settlement, and adaptive patterns to give readers an understanding of the differences and similarities among groups. The story of Plains peoples is brought into historical focus by showing the impacts of Euro-American contact, notably acquisition of the horse and exposure to new diseases. Featuring 85 maps and illustrations, Archaeology on the Great Plains is an exceptional introduction to the field for students and an indispensable reference for specialists. It enhances our understanding of how the Plains shaped the adaptive strategies of peoples through time and fosters a greater appreciation for their cultures.

Introduction
The Great Plains Setting
A History of Great Plains Prehistory
The Paleo-Indian Cultures of the Great-Plains
The Northwestern and Northern Plains Archaic
The Central and Southern Plains Archaic
The Plains Woodland
The Central Plains Tradition
The Middle Missouri Tradition
The Coalescent Tradition
The Oneota Tradition
The Southern Plains Villagers
The Late High Plains Hunters
Euro-American Archaeology
Index

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