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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Foreword

John A. Ware

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pp. ix-xii

In the late 1950s, the Amerind Foundation’s young director, Dr. Charles C. Di Peso, had just completed a decade-long series of excavation projects in southern Arizona and was looking forward to a sabbatical in Italy where he planned to spend his leisure time tracing...

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Introduction: The Joint Casas Grandes Expedition in Historical Context

Paul E. Minnis and Michael E. Whalen

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pp. 3-16

Casas Grandes (Paquimé) has been long recognized as one of the premier pre-Hispanic communities in northwest Mexico-U.S. Southwest (NW/SW). Despite its importance, the history of research of the region has not only varied greatly through time, but has lagged behind many...

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1. Beginnings: The Viejo Period

Jane H. Kelley and Michael T. Searcy

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pp. 17-40

The history of the Medio Period is marked by population growth, aggregation, ideological shifts, and the building of the large, central polity of Paquimé (Casas Grandes). But before this colossal social transformation took place, people in northwest Chihuahua lived a lifestyle...

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2. Ecology and Food Economy

Paul E. Minnis and Michael E. Whalen

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pp. 41-57

Paquime’s goodies and glitter, such as the 1.5 t (1,360.5 kg) of shell, the hundreds of macaw remains, copper artifacts, and massive architecture, as components of its political and ritual economies merit attention. Although not as visually impressive as its goodies, we consider how the...

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3. Organization of Production at Paquimé

Gordon F. M. Rakita and Rafael Cruz

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pp. 58-82

It is an often-repeated observation that Paquimé is one of the most— if not the most—complex communities in the pre-Hispanic, North American desert west. The great size of the ruins speaks volumes. It is an extremely large site and was certainly a population center. The diversity...

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4. Religion and Cosmology in the Casas Grandes World

Christine S. VanPool and Todd L. VanPool

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pp. 83-102

We have been asked to provide an overview of the various thoughts on Casas Grandes religion. Religion is central to human culture in general but is particularly important to the current discussions, because: 1) whatever else the Casas Grandes phenomenon is, it reflects the spread...

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5. Settlement Patterns of the Casas Grandes Area

Michael E. Whalen and Todd Pitezel

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pp. 103-125

Archaeologists have long known the Casas Grandes area of northwest Chihuahua, Mexico, because it contains the large pueblo center of Paquimé. Most interpretations of the area’s prehistory were made within the context of Paquimé and its immediate predecessors of pithouse...

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6. Society and Polity in the Wider Casas Grandes Region

John E. Douglas and A. C. MacWilliams

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pp. 126-147

We take as our topic a single question: across the vast area marked by extensive use of Casas Grandes ceramics from the Viejo and Medio periods, how were communities organized socially and politically? Ultimately, we are interested in both “society,” the organizing principles that...

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7. The End of Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Culture

David A. Phillips, Jr., and Eduardo Gamboa

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pp. 148-171

In 1663, the Spanish founded a village and mission near the abandoned pre-Hispanic town of Paquimé (Di Peso 1974:3, 865, 998). Based on tree-ring evidence, as late as AD 1338, Paquimé was a living settlement. Whatever happened to the Casas Grandes culture, it must have happened...

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8. Paquimé: A Revision of Its Relationships to the South and West

José Luis Punzo and M. Elisa Villalpando

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pp. 172-191

There has been significant debate about the archaeology of Paquimé in the 40 years since Charles C. Di Peso and Eduardo Contreras conducted the Joint Casas Grandes Expedition (JCGE) at Paquimé and the publication of Di Peso, Rinaldo, and Fenner (1974, vols. 4–8)...

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9. Ancient Paquimé: A View from the North

Linda S. Cordell

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pp. 192-208

The impressive archaeological site of Casas Grandes in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, has been described as a manifestation of both U.S. Southwest and Mesoamerican archaeological features. The organizers of the seminar tasked me with commenting on the conference papers...

References Cited

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pp. 209-238

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Contributors

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pp. 239-244

Linda S. Cordell (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) was director emerita of the Natural History Museum of the University of Colorado, Boulder. A leading scholar of archaeology of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, she was elected to the National Academy of...

Index

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pp. 245-256