Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory

Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory

Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory

Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory

Synopsis

Emerging from a School of American Research, this work reviews the general status of archaeological knowledge in 9 key regions of the Southwest to examine broader questions of cultural development, which affected the Southwest as a whole, and to consider an overall conceptual model of the prehistoric Southwest after the advent of sedentism.

Excerpt

The American Southwest has been the subject of a vast amount of archaeological research in the past century. Through a combination of excellent preservation, exceptional chronological control, and the presence of a variety of vigorous, contemporary native cultures, which have resided in the area since the prehistoric period, the Southwest has offered an unparalleled laboratory for the study of prehistoric culture. To review the results of this archaeological work and draw from it an overall conception of the prehistoric Southwest, an Advanced Seminar entitled "Dynamics of Southwestern Prehistory," was held at the School of American Research, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from the 26th to the 30th of September, 1983.

Specifically, this seminar sought to review the general status of archaeological knowledge in 11 key regions of the Southwest, to examine broader questions of cultural development, which cross-cut these subregions, and to consider an overall conceptual model of the prehistoric Southwest after the advent of sedentism.

Ten archaeologists who had worked in separate, key areas of the Southwest participated in the seminar. While each participant had conducted extensive research in at least one southwestern area, they also controlled a significant amount of data that could be used to address the major questions on which the seminar focused. Each of these individuals also had shown an . . .

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