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The American Southwest and Mesoamerica : Systems of Prehistoric Exchange - Jonathon E. Ericson

The American Southwest and Mesoamerica

Systems of Prehistoric Exchange

By: Jonathon E. Ericson (Editor), Timothy G. Baugh (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1993
ISBN: 9780306441783
Number Of Pages: 302

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Regional approaches to the study of prehistoric exchange have generated much new knowledge about intergroup and regional interaction. The American South- west and Mesoamerica: Systems of Prehistoric Exchange is the first of two volumes that seek to provide current information regarding regional exchange on a conti- nental basis. From a theoretical perspective, these volumes provide important data for the comparative analysis of regional systems relative to sociopolitical organization from simple hunter-gatherers to those of complex sociopolitical entities like the state. Although individual regional exchange systems are unique for each region and time period, general patterns emerge relative to sOciopolitical organization. Of significant interest to us are the dynamic processes of change, stability, rate of growth, and collapse of regional exchange systems relative to sociopolitical complexity. These volumes provide basic data to further our under- standing of prehistoric exchange systems. The volume presents our current state of knowledge about regional exchange systems in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica. Each chapter synthesizes the research findings of a number of other researchers in order to provide a synchronic view of regional interaction for a specific chronological period. A diachronic view is also prOvided for regional interaction in the context of the developments in regional SOciopolitical organization. Most authors go beyond description by proposing alternative models within which to understand regional interaction. The book is organized by geographical and chronological divisions to pro- vide units of the broader mosaic of prehistoric exchange systems.

Trade and Exchange in a Historical Perspectivep. 3
Evolving Concepts of Trade and Exchangep. 4
A Summary of Volume Contentsp. 11
The North American Southwest
Exchange Systems and Social Stratification among the Chaco Anasazip. 27
Introduction to the Anasazip. 27
Background on the Chaco Anasazip. 32
Late Archaic/Basketmaker II (3000 B.C.-A.D. 500)p. 34
Basketmaker III-Pueblo I (A.D. 500-900)p. 34
Pueblo II-Pueblo III (A.D. 900-1200)p. 43
Evaluation of the Modelp. 53
Ceramic Perspectives on Northern Anasazi Exchangep. 65
Background for Ceramic Exchangep. 68
Temporal Synthesis of Exchangep. 72
The Structure and Organization of Hohokam Exchangep. 95
The Hohokamp. 96
Methodological Issues: Identifying Hohokam Exchangep. 100
The Spatial Structure and Intensity of Hohokam Exchangep. 103
The Social Structure of Hohokam Exchangep. 110
Marine Shell Exchange in Northwest Mexico and the Southwestp. 121
Casas Grandes: Natural and Cultural-Historical Settingp. 123
Casas Grandes as a Trading Centerp. 125
A Casas Grandes Prestige Economyp. 132
Shell Ornament Distribution, Production, and Consumptionp. 134
Shell Ornament Production and Exchange within the Southwestp. 139
Techniques for Determining Source Areas of Shell Exchangep. 140
The Role of Turquoises in the Ancient Mesoamerican Trade Structurep. 159
The Mines and Miningp. 161
Analytical Proceduresp. 165
Numerical Taxonomyp. 166
Prehispanic Exchange Relationships among Central Mexico, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Gulf Coast of Mexicop. 179
Late Postclassic Exchange Systemsp. 183
Formative Exchange Systemsp. 186
Middle Classic Exchange Systemsp. 188
Resources, Specialization, and Exchange in the Maya Lowlandsp. 213
Brief History of the Study of Production and Exchange in the Maya Lowlandsp. 214
Landscapes and Resources of the Maya Lowlandsp. 217
Cultural Sequence and Cultural Dynamics in the Maya Lowlandsp. 224
Conditions of Specialized Productionp. 229
A Case Example: The Northern Belize Chert Tool Exchange Networkp. 232
A View from the South: Prehistoric Exchange in Lower Central Americap. 247
The Early Formative Period (4000-1000 B.C.)p. 249
The Middle Formative Period (1000-500 B.C.)p. 250
The Late Formative Period (500 B.C.-A.D. 250)p. 252
The Early Classic Period (A.D. 250-600)p. 257
The Late Classic Period (A.D. 600-800)p. 261
The Terminal Classic Period (A.D. 800-1000)p. 264
The Early Postclassic Period (A.D. 1000-1300)p. 266
The Late Postclassic and Early Contact Periods (A.D. 1300-1600)p. 269
Changing Perspectives on North and Middle American Exchange Systemsp. 285
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780306441783
ISBN-10: 0306441780
Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 31st January 1993
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.43

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