Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions

This book challenges all students of history and prehistory to reexamine the actual evidence that archaeology has made available, and to do so with an open mind.

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions

In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been constructed by, their social arrangements. In turn, archaeologists have all too often relied on these models to reconstruct the lives of ancient peoples. In lively, engaging, and informed prose, Timothy Pauketat debunks much of this social-evolutionary theorizing about human development, as he ponders the evidence of 'chiefdoms' left behind by the Mississippian culture of the American southern heartland. This book challenges all students of history and prehistory to reexamine the actual evidence that archaeology has made available, and to do so with an open mind.

The Quijos Chiefdoms

Pauketat, Timothy R. 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions.
AltaMira Press, Walnut Canyon. Pearsall, Deborah M. 1994 Ethnobiological Field
Research. In Regional Archaeology in Northern Manabí, Ecuador, volume 1,
edited ...

The Quijos Chiefdoms

Archaeological study of the emergence of the ethnohistorically documented Quijos chiefdoms in the eastern Ecuadorian Andes. This research evaluates links between the emergence of centralized leadership and the organization of agricultural production. The focus is on reconstructing the demographic history of 137 km2 based on a full coverage systematic survey, and on reconstructing patterns of food production and consumption based on analysis of pollen, phytoliths and plant macroremains from the excavation of 31 tests at locations representing different environmental settings and settlement types. The study proposes a sequence starting at about 600 B.C., with the first manifestations of a regional system of centralized authority appearing after about 500 A.D. Neither control of basic resources nor specialized craft production seem to have been important in the social and political dynamics of the emerging Quijos chiefdoms. Complete text in English and Spanish

Zamumo s Gifts

Milner , The Cahokia Chiefdom ( Washington , D.C. , 1998 ) , 123-24 ; Timothy R.
Pauketat and Neal H. Lopinot ... Jill E. Neitzel ( Albuquerque , N. Mex . , 1999 ) ,
225-27 ; Pauketat , Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions , 105-9 . 19.

Zamumo s Gifts

Zamumo's Gifts traces the evolution of Indian-European exchange, from gift giving as a diplomatic tool to the trade of commodities that bound colonists and Natives in commercial relations.

Chiefdoms Collapse and Coalescence in the Early American South

2007. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. AltaMira Press, Lanham,
MD. Peebles, Christopher S., and Susan Kus. 1977. Some Archaeological
Correlates of Ranked Societies. American Antiquity 42(3 ):421—448. Perdue,
Theda.

Chiefdoms  Collapse  and Coalescence in the Early American South

This book provides a new conceptual framework for understanding how the Indian nations of the early American South emerged from the ruins of a precolonial, Mississippian world. A broad regional synthesis that ranges over much of the Eastern Woodlands, its focus is on the Indians of the Carolina Piedmont - the Catawbas and their neighbors - from 1400 to 1725. Using an 'eventful' approach to social change, Robin Beck argues that the collapse of the Mississippian world was fundamentally a transformation of political economy, from one built on maize to one of guns, slaves and hides. The story takes us from first encounters through the rise of the Indian slave trade and the scourge of disease to the wars that shook the American South in the early 1700s. Yet the book's focus remains on the Catawbas, drawing on their experiences in a violent, unstable landscape to develop a comparative perspective on structural continuity and change.

Material Evidence

Jones, A. (2002) Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press. Jones, A. (2005) ... Pauketat, T. (2007) Chiefdoms
and Other Archaeological Delusions, New York: Altamira Press. Porter, R. (2001)
The ...

Material Evidence

How do archaeologists make effective use of physical traces and material culture as repositories of evidence? Material Evidence takes a resolutely case-based approach to this question, exploring instances of exemplary practice, key challenges, instructive failures, and innovative developments in the use of archaeological data as evidence. The goal is to bring to the surface the wisdom of practice, teasing out norms of archaeological reasoning from evidence. Archaeologists make compelling use of an enormously diverse range of material evidence, from garbage dumps to monuments, from finely crafted artifacts rich with cultural significance to the detritus of everyday life and the inadvertent transformation of landscapes over the long term. Each contributor to Material Evidence identifies a particular type of evidence with which they grapple and considers, with reference to concrete examples, how archaeologists construct evidential claims, critically assess them, and bring them to bear on pivotal questions about the cultural past. Historians, cultural anthropologists, philosophers, and science studies scholars are increasingly interested in working with material things as objects of inquiry and as evidence – and they acknowledge on all sides just how challenging this is. One of the central messages of the book is that close analysis of archaeological best practice can yield constructive guidelines for practice that have much to offer archaeologists and those in related fields.

The Gods of Prophetstown

Pauketat, Timothy R. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Lanham,
MD, 2007. Peckham, Howard H. Tears for Old Tippecanoe: Religious
Interpretations of President Harrison's Death. Worcester, MA, 1959. Penick,
James L., Jr. The ...

The Gods of Prophetstown

It began with an eclipse. In 1806, the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa ("The Open Door") declared himself to be in direct contact with the Master of Life, and therefore, the supreme religious authority for all Native Americans. Those who disbelieved him, he warned, "would see darkness come over the sun." William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory and future American president, scoffed at Tenskwatawa. If he was truly a prophet, Harrison taunted, let him perform a miracle. And Tenskwatawa did just that, making the sun go dark at midday. In The Gods of Prophetstown, Adam Jortner provides a gripping account of the conflict between Tenskwatawa and Harrison, who finally collided in 1811 at a place called Tippecanoe. Though largely forgotten today, their rivalry determined the future of westward expansion and shaped the War of 1812. Jortner weaves together dual biographies of the opposing leaders. In the five years between the eclipse and the battle, Tenskwatawa used his spiritual leadership to forge a political pseudo-state with his brother Tecumseh. Harrison, meanwhile, built a power base in Indiana, rigging elections and maneuvering for higher position. Rejecting received wisdom, Jortner sees nothing as preordained-Native Americans were not inexorably falling toward dispossession and destruction. Deeply rooting his account in a generation of scholarship that has revolutionized Indian history, Jortner places the religious dimension of the struggle at the fore, recreating the spiritual landscapes trod by each side. The climactic battle, he writes, was as much a clash of gods as of men. Written with profound insight and narrative verve, The Gods of Prophetstown recaptures a forgotten turning point in American history in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Choice

45-2197 Chiefdoms and other archaeological delusions . 452116 Inuit women ,
45-2112 Searching for sacred ground . 45-2218 Unsettling narratives . 45-1873
Food and Agriculture Urban Studies Archaeology of the Lower Muskogee Creek
 ...

Choice


The Missouri Archaeologist

1998 The Cahokia Chiefdom : The Archaeology of a Mississippian Society .
Smithsonian ... Morse , Dan F. , and Phyllis A. Morse 1983 Archaeology of the
Central Mississippi Valley . ... 2007 Chiefdoms and other Archaeological
Delusions .

The Missouri Archaeologist


The North Dakota Quarterly

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Lanham: AltaMira Press, 2007.
Pp. xii + 258, $29.95 pb. Archaeology, Timothy Pauketat asserts, “has an
inferiority complex” (2). It is for this reason that archaeologists have often tried to
analyze ...

The North Dakota Quarterly


Ancient Complexities

In Agency in Archaeology , edited by M. Dobres and J. E. Robb , pp . 113-129 .
Routledge , London . 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions .
AltaMira Press , Walnut Canyon , California . Peebles , Christopher S. 1971 ...

Ancient Complexities

A current overview of what is meant by cultural c omplexity and how archaeologists study the developoment of complex societies in North America.

Artifacts from the Craig Mound at Spiro Oklahoma

The Cahokia Chiefdom : Archaeology of a Mississippian Society . Washington ...
The Habiukut of Eastern Oklahoma : Parris Mound , Part 1 , Phase 1 , an
Archaeological Report . Series in ... Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological
Delusions .

Artifacts from the Craig Mound at Spiro  Oklahoma


Archaeological investigations in the eastern Maya lowlands

Pauketat, Timothy R. 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions,
Altamira Press, Lanham. Pfeffer, Jeffery 1994 Competitive Advantage Through
People.Unleashing the Power of the Work Force, Harvard Business School Press
, ...

Archaeological investigations in the eastern Maya lowlands


War Paths Peace Paths

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions . AltaMira , New York . Pauketat ,
Timothy R . , and Thomas E . Emerson ( 1991 ) . The Ideology of Authority and the
Power of the Pot . American Anthropologist 93 : 919 – 41 . Pauketat , Timothy ...

War Paths  Peace Paths

Focusing on four major issues in prehistoric warfare studies: settlement data, skeletal trauma, weaponry, and iconography, David H. Dye presents a new interpretation of prehistoric warfare in the eastern United States.

Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands

Pauketat , Timothy R. 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions ,
Altamira Press , Lanham . Pfeffer , Jeffery 1994 Competitive Advantage Through
People : Unleashing the Power of the Work Force , Harvard Business School
Press ...

Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands


American Journal of Archaeology

Pauketat , T.R. 2007. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions . Issues in
Eastern Woodlands Archaeology . Lanham , Md .: AltaMira Press . Pendlebury ,
J.D.S. 1954. Handbook to the Palace of Minos at Knossos with Its Dependencies
.

American Journal of Archaeology


El Mir n Cave Cantabrian Spain

Refiguring the archaeology of greater Cahokia . Journal of Archaeological
Research 6 : 45–89 . - . 2007. Chiefdoms and other archaeological delusions .
Walnut Canyon : Altamira Press . Rautman , Alison E. 1998. Hierarchy and
heterarchy in ...

El Mir  n Cave  Cantabrian Spain

Though known as a site since 1903, El Mirón Cave in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain remained unexcavated until a team from the universities of New Mexico and Cantabria began ongoing excavations in 1996. This large, deeply stratified cave allowed the team to apply cutting-edge techniques of excavation, recording, and multidisciplinary analysis in the meticulous study of a site that has become a new reference sequence for the classic Cantabrian region. The excavations uncovered the long history of human occupation of the cave, extending from the end of the Middle Paleolithic, through the Upper Paleolithic, up to the modern era. This volume comprehensively describes the background information on the setting, the site, the chronology, and the sedimentology. It then focuses on the biological and archaeological records of the Holocene levels pertaining to Mesolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Bronze Age. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians will be drawn to this study and its extensive findings, dated by some seventy-five radiocarbon assays.

Latin American Antiquity

Pauketat , Timothy R. 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions .
AltaMira Press , Lanham , Maryland . Plunket , Patricia ( editor ) 2002 Domestic
Ritual in Ancient Mesoamerica . The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology , University
of ...

Latin American Antiquity


Southeastern Ceremonial Complex

Laura Kozuch is Curator at the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research
Program . ... co - edited with D . Loren ( Blackwell Press , 2005 ) , and the
forthcoming Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions ( AltaMira Press ) .
John F ...

Southeastern Ceremonial Complex

How certain Southern indigenous viewed themselves from prehistory to decimation by Europeans was already a significant subject of study fifty years ago, but more recent scholarship has proven that what was once considered a single cult was actually a complex of cults, with myriad adaptations of myths and artifacts. This collection of 12 articles details archeological findings and analysis of how this warrior-based set of precepts and practices developed and grew into elaborate ceremonial places and burial grounds. Topics include the implications of recent analysis of sites, early evidence of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (SECC) and its contexts, the role of time in development of the SECC, material and iconographic evidence of the SECC in Erowah culture, evidence from Moundville potsherds, SECC ritual regalia in the southern Appalachians and other regions, the role of sex in SECC, and future directions of research.

Tibes

Pauketat, Timothy R. 2000 Practice and History in Archaeology. Anthropological
Theory 1:73-98. 2007 Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Altamira
Press, Lanham, Maryland. Pearsall, Deborah M. 1985 Analysis of Soil Phytoliths
 ...

Tibes

The prehistoric civic-ceremonial center of Tibes is located on the southern coast of Puerto Rico, just north of the modern coastal city of Ponce. Protected on two sides by a river, and on the other two sides by hills, this approximately 10.5-acre site remains as fertile and productive today as when first occupied over 2,000 years ago. Such a rich region would have been a choice location for native peoples because of the diversity in all resources, from land, air, and sea--and also symbolically crucial as a liminal space within the landscape. It may have been regarded as a space charged with numen or cosmic energy where different parts of the cosmos (natural vs. supernatural, or world of the living vs. world of the dead) overlap. Archaeological evidence reveals a long occupation, about 1,000 years, possibly followed by an extensive period of sporadic ceremonial use after the site itself was practically abandoned. In this volume, nineteen Caribbeanists examine the geophysical, paleoethnobotanical, faunal, lithics, base rock, osteology, bone chemistry and nutrition, social landscape, and ceremonial constructs employed at Tibes.

Cahokia

An anthropologist examines a Native American city that flourished along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Louis almost a thousand years ago, describing evidence of a once powerful society that had been abandoned by 1400.

Cahokia

An anthropologist examines a Native American city that flourished along the Mississippi River near present-day St. Louis almost a thousand years ago, describing evidence of a once powerful society that had been abandoned by 1400.