Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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Modeling Entradas: Sixteenth-Century Assemblages in North America

This volume brings together leading archaeologists working across the American South to offer a comprehensive, comparative analysis of Spanish entrada assemblages, providing insights into the sixteenth-century indigenous communities of North America and the colonizing efforts of Spain.

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The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers’ Fields to Rulers’ Realms

A timely synthesis of the latest research and perspectives on ancient Maya economics, this volume illuminates the sophistication and intricacy of economic systems in the Preclassic, Classic, and Postclassic periods.   

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Repatriation and Erasing the Past

Engaging a current controversy important to archaeologists and indigenous communities, this volume takes a critical look at laws that mandate the return of human remains from museums and laboratories to ancestral burial grounds, offering scientific and legal perspectives on the ways repatriation laws impact research.

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The Archaeology of the Logging Industry

In this book, John Franzen surveys archaeological studies of logging sites across the nation from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, explaining how material evidence found at these locations illustrates key aspects of the American experience during this era.

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Disposing of Modernity: The Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair

Through archaeological and archival research from sites associated with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, this book explores the changing world of urban America at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Robert J. Walker: The History and Archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey Steamship

This book tells the story of the steamship Robert J. Walker, an early coastal survey ship for the agency that would later become the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that sank with loss of 21 crew off the coast of New Jersey in 1860. The wreck was a frequent stop for divers and anglers before it was identified by a team of researchers in 2013. Here, leaders in the documentation efforts describe the history of the ship and the archaeology of the shipwreck, emphasizing the collaborative community participation that made the project successful.

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Archaeological Interpretations: Symbolic Meaning within Andes Prehistory

Presenting studies in Andean archaeology and iconography by leading specialists in the field, this volume tackles the question of how researchers can come to understand the intangible, intellectual worlds of ancient peoples. Archaeological Interpretations is a fascinating ontological journey through Andean cultures from the fourth millennium BC to the sixteenth century, A.D.  

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Bioarchaeology and Identity Revisited

This volume highlights new directions in the study of social identities in past populations. Contributors expand the scope of the field regionally, methodically, and theoretically, moving behind the previous focus on single aspects of identity by demonstrating multi-scalar approaches and by explicitly addressing intersectionality in the archaeological record.

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The Archaeology of Magic: Gender and Domestic Protection in Seventeenth-Century New England

In this book, C. Riley Augé provides a trailblazing archaeological study of magical practice and its relationship to gender in the Anglo-American culture of colonial New England.

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Ancient West Mexicos: Time, Space, and Diversity

This volume highlights the diversity and complexity of western Mexico’s pre-Hispanic cultures and argues that the region was more similar than many researchers have believed to the rest of the Mesoamerican world.