History of American Archaeology

ISBN-10: 0716723719

ISBN-13: 9780716723714

Edition: 3rd 1993

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: W. H. Freeman & Company
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jeremy A. Sabloff is Curator of Mesoamerican Archaeology, Williams Director Emeritus, and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries, London. Sabloff's research interests range from the study of ancient Maya civilization, to archaeological theory and method, to the history of American archaeology, to pre-industrial urbanism, and to the use of settlement pattern studies. He has conducted field work in the Maya lowlands of Mexico and Guatemala including co-directing the major field project at the Yucatan site of Sayil. He is author or editor of 20 books and countless articles on the Maya and the history of archaeology. Sabloff is former president of the Society for American Archaeology.

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
The Nature of Archaeology
Archaeology in World Historical Perspective
American Archaeology: A Definition
The Speculative Period (1492-1840)
The Americas: Discovery and Origins of the Native Americans
The Early Chroniclers and Historical Interests
The Explorers and the Armchair Speculators
The Forerunners of an Established Discipline of Archaeology
An Appraisal and Signs for the Future
The Classificatory-Descriptive Period (1840-1914)
Archaeological Research in North America
Archaeological Research in Middle America
Archaeological Research in South America
The Development of Concepts and Methods
The Classificatory-Historical Period: The Concern with Chronology (1914-1940)
The Stratigraphic Revolution
Seriation
Typology and Artifact (Pottery) Classification
Culture-Classification Schemes
The Direct-Historical Approach
Area Synthesis: The Goal
Interareal Considerations
Considerations of the Early Peopling of the Americas
Field Methods and Techniques
Appraisal of Trends
The Classificatory-Historical Period: The Concern with Context and Function (1940-1960)
The First Dissatisfactions
Context and Function: Artifacts as Behavior
Settlement Patterns
Culture and Environment
Scientific Aids from Other Disciplines
The Continued Concern with Chronology and Time-Space Synthesis
Historical and Developmental Concepts
The Modern Period: New and Continuing Ways of Explaining and Understanding the Past (1960-1992)
The New Archaeology
Some Archaeological Researches of the 1960s
Consolidating and Broadening the New Archaeological Agenda
Mainstream Accommodations to the New Archaeology
Postprocessual Reactions to the New Archaeology
Epilogue
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
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