The Chaco Anasazi: Sociopolitical Evolution in the Prehistoric Southwest

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Januar 1997



This study examines political evolution and archaeological data, producing a sociopolitical model of the rise, florescence, and decline of the Chaco Phenomenon.


1. Introduction; 2. The Chaco Phenomenon: background and history of research; 3. Sociopolitical complexity and the Chaco system; 4. Routes to sociopolitical power; 5. Previous explanations for the Chaco Phenomenon; 6. Relations of power, labor investment, and the political evolution of the Chaco system; 7. Summary and new directions; Appendix: the computer simulation.


"By succinctly summarizing much background information and citing major sources for additional data, she has managed to concentrate on an alternative to existing explanations for the growth and nature of the Chacoan cultural system and on analyzing the political processes of small-scale sedentary societies...a major contribution to developing explanatory models." American Antiquity "In an easy-to-read and enjoyable book, especially the last two chapters, Sebastian has created a nontypological starting point for new, wide-ranging cultural-ecological-social-political debates about the nature and process of the Chacoan phenomenon...Geographers who work with prehistoric data will find this book to be, at least, thought provoking and, at best, a paradigm-revising addendum to their worldview of the prehistoric Southwest." The Geographical Review
EAN: 9780521574686
ISBN: 0521574684
Untertitel: 'New Studies in Archaeology'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1997
Seitenanzahl: 196 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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