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"All anthropologists and Plains scholars should have this book, especially geographers and historians, as well as biological and paleoenvironmental scientists. The volume is a good and easy read provindg a fresh perspective on the Plains."—Marcel Kornfeld, Great Plains Research

Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains combines history, anthropology, archaeology, and geography to take a closer look at the relationships between land and people in this unique North American region. Focusing on long-term change, this book considers ethnographic literature, archaeological evidence, and environmental data spanning thousands of years of human presence to understand human perception and construction of landscape. The contributors offer cohesive and synthetic studies emphasizing hunter-gatherers and subsistence farmers. Using landscape as both reality and metaphor, Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains explores the different and changing ways that people interacted with place in this transitional zone between the Rocky Mountains and the eastern prairies. The contemporary archaeologists working in this small area have chosen diverse approaches to understand the past and its relationship to the present. Through these ten case studies, this variety is highlighted but leads to a common theme - that the High Plains contains important locales to which people, over generations or millennia, return. Providing both data and theory on a region that has not previously received much attention from archaeologists, especially compared with other regions in North America, this volume is a welcome addition to the literature

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Tables
  2. p. xiii
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  1. 1. A Sloping Land: An Introduction to Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Intersecting Landscapes in Northeastern Colorado: A Case Study from the Donovan Site
  2. pp. 17-40
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  1. 3. Making Places: Burned Rock Middens, Feasting, and Changing Land Use in the Upper Arkansas River Basin
  2. pp. 41-70
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  1. 4. Ritual Landscapes, Population, and Changing Sense of Place during the Late Prehistoric Transition in Eastern Colorado
  2. pp. 71-114
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  1. 5. Landscapes and Peoples of the Llano Estacado
  2. pp. 115-156
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  1. 6. The Details of Home: Landscape Continuity in the High Plains
  2. pp. 157-172
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  1. 8. The Behavior of Surface Artifacts: Building a Landscape Taphonomy on the High Plains
  2. pp. 203-236
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  1. 9. Prehistoric Settlement Patterns on the High Plains of Western Nebraska and the Use of Geographic Information Systems for Landscape Analyses
  2. pp. 237-276
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  1. 10. Places in the Heartland: Landscape Archaeology on the Plains
  2. pp. 277-285
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 287-290
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 291-296
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870819889
Related ISBN
9780870819315
MARC Record
OCLC
503441757
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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