Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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Falls of the Ohio River: Archaeology of Native American Settlement

Falls of the Ohio River presents current archaeological research on an important landscape feature of what is now Louisville, Kentucky, demonstrating how humans and the environment mutually affected each other in the area for the past 12,000 years.

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The Archaeology of Island Colonization: Global Approaches to Initial Human Settlement

This volume details how new theories and methods have recently advanced the archaeological study of initial human colonization of islands around the world, including in the southwest Pacific, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

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Quilcapampa: A Wari Enclave in Southern Peru

Analyzing evidence from the site of Quilcapampa in the Sihuas Valley of Southern Peru, contributors to this volume discuss the ninth-century settlement’s relationship to the broader Wari empire and reimagine the empire’s role in the widespread changes of the Andean Middle Horizon period.

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Unearthing St. Mary's City: Fifty Years of Archaeology at Maryland's First Capital

This volume summarizes the remarkably diverse archaeological discoveries made during the past half century of investigations at the site of St. Mary’s City, the first capital of Maryland and one of the earliest European settlements in America.

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A History of Platform Mound Ceremonialism: Finding Meaning in Elevated Ground

This book presents a temporally and geographically broad yet detailed history of an important form of Native American architecture, the platform mound, revealing unexpected continuities in moundbuilding over many thousands of years.

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Heritage and the Existential Need for History

In a sweeping survey of archaeological sites dating from a span of thousands of years and located across continents, this book asks fundamental questions about the place of cultural heritage in Western society.

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Maya Kingship: Rupture and Transformation from Classic to Postclassic Times

Examining changes to the institution of divine kingship from 750 to 950 CE in the Maya lowland cities, this volume presents a new way of studying the collapse of that civilization and the transformation of political systems between the Terminal Classic and Postclassic Periods.

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Finding Fairness: From Pleistocene Foragers to Contemporary Capitalists

Providing a sweeping, archaeologically grounded view of human history, Justin Jennings explores the origins, endurance, and elasticity of ideas about fairness and how these ideas have shaped the development of societies at critical moments over the last 20,000 years.

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Trowels in the Trenches: Archaeology as Social Activism

Presenting examples from the fields of critical race studies, cultural resource management, digital archaeology, environmental studies, and heritage studies, this volume demonstrates the many different ways archaeology can be used to contest social injustice.

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Revolting Things: An Archaeology of Shameful Histories and Repulsive Realities

In this book, Paul Mullins examines a wide variety of material objects and landscapes that induce anxiety, provoke unpleasantness, or simply revolt us, looking at the way the material world shapes how we imagine, express, and negotiate difficult historical experiences.