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Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau

ISBN-10: 1598742965
ISBN-13: 9781598742961
Edition: 2008
Authors: Steven R. Simms
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 383
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Steven R. Simms is Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University, where he had taught since 1988. He has served as President of the Great Basin Anthropological Association, editor of the journal Utah Archaeology, and director of over 50 archaeological research projects throughout the Great Basin region. He has authored over 50 published articles and 80 research reports on a variety of archaeological topics.

Illustrations
Preface
Prologue
The Ancient World of the Basin-Plateau
Native Culture before the Horse
Technology
Mobility and Settlement
Subsistence
Sidebar: Forager Cuisine
Social and Political Organization
Ideology
From Historic Baseline to the Deep Past: A Spiral of Contexts
Ancient Climate and Habitats
The Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau
The Wasatch Front
Just before History
Stepping into a Deeper Past
Sidebar: How Do We Know about Past Environments and Climate?
Sidebar: Dates of the Past and How to Read Them
The Little Ice Age: A.D. 1300-1800
Warming, Variation, and the Medieval Warm Period A.D. 0-1300
Cooling and the Neoglacial Period: 4500-2000 B.P. (A.D. 0)
Two Spikes of Warming: 8000-4500 B.P.
The Early Holocene and Water in the Desert: 10,000-8000 B.P.
The Wild Ride of the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition: 13,000-10,000 B.P.
Lake Bonneville and the Pleistocene: 16,000-13,000 B.P.
The First Explorers, Colonists, and Settlers
Sidebar: Who Were the First Explorers and Colonists?
An Ecological Moment and Why Paleoindian Life Was Different
Paleoindian-Paleoarchaic Artifacts
Paleoindian Places
Wetlands, Big Game, and a Dynamic Climate
Sidebar: Did Humans Kill Off the Pleistocene Megafauna?
Diet, Toolstone, Technology, and Mobility
What Can We Say about Paleoindian Life and Society?
Transition to Paleoarchaic Life and Society
Eons of Foragers
A Long Time and Some Big Changes
Settlers of the Early Archaic (9000-7000 B.P.)
High Desert Foragers of the Middle Archaic (7000-3000 B.P.)
Sidebar: The Built Environment
Sidebar: Humans and the Pinyon Pine
The Late Archaic and a Land Filled with Foragers (3000-1000 B.P.)
A Cultural Sea Change: The Shift in Values from Public to Private Goods
Farming Comes to Utah
The Fremont
Fremont Places, Fremont Life, Fremont Place
Sidebar: The Big Village at Willard (by Mark E. Stuart)
Keys to Fremont Origins
Indigenes, Explorers, and Colonists: The Fremont Frontier
Sidebar: Farming, Language, and Immigrants
Language, Ethnicity, and a Sprinkling of Neolithic Communities
The Bow and Arrow, Ceramics, and Maize
The Desert and the Sown
Big Villages, Inequality, and Hierarchy
Family, Lineage, Connections, and Conflict
The Late Prehistoric Millennium
The End of Fremont Place
Foragers to the West, People from the West
Languages Old and New
The Role of California
The Spread of the Numic Languages and the Making of the Numic Cultures
Sidebar: The Relationship of Modern Tribes to the Ancients
Many into the New: The Late Prehistoric on the Wasatch Front
Life after the Fremont
Widowed Continent: Disease, Depopulation, and History
Epilogue
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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