Browse by Subject: Anthropology and Archaeology

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The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies

Most research into humans' impact on the environment has focused on large-scale societies; a corollary assumption has been that small scale economies are sustainable and in harmony with nature. The contributors to this volume challenge this notion, revealing how such communities shaped their environment--and not always in a positive way.

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Tenochtitlan: Capital of the Aztec Empire

In this fascinating book, eminent expert José Luis de Rojas presents an accessible yet authoritative exploration of this famous city--interweaving glimpses into its inhabitants’ daily lives with the broader stories of urbanization, culture, and the rise and fall of the Aztec empire.

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Bioarchaeology and Behavior: The People of the Ancient Near East

While mortuary ruins have long fascinated archaeologists and art historians interested in the cultures of the Near East and eastern Mediterranean, the human skeletal remains contained in the tombs of this region have garnered less attention. In Bioarchaeology and Behavior, Megan Perry presents a collection of essays that aim a spotlight on the investigation of the ancient inhabitants of the circum-Mediterranean area.

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Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

By presenting a coherent interdisciplinary body of archaeological and environmental data, this volume offers an intensely deep, focused investigation of the various models of the ancient Maya political and economic systems.

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The Bioarchaeology of Violence

Experts on a wide range of ancient societies highlight the meaning and motivation of past uses of violence, revealing how violence often plays an important role in maintaining and suppressing the challenges to the status quo, and how it is frequently a performance meant to be witnessed by others.

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Late Prehistoric Florida: Archaeology at the Edge of the Mississippian World

Featuring contributions from some of the most prominent researchers in the field, this collection describes and synthesizes the latest data from excavations throughout Florida.

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Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community

Chan offers a synthesis of compelling and groundbreaking discoveries gathered over ten years of research at this one archaeological site in Belize.

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Jefferson's Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation

One hundred years in the life of a founding father 's 5,000 acre "retreat"

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Early New World Monumentality

In this collection, prominent archaeologists explore the sophisticated political and logistical organizations that were required to plan and complete these architectural marvels.

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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

From Bronze Age Thailand to Viking Iceland, from an Egyptian oasis to a family farm in Canada, The Bioarchaeology of Individuals invites readers to unearth the daily lives of people throughout history.