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Environmental conditions clearly influenced the cultural development of societies in the Intermountain West, but how did interactions with neighbors living along the region’s borders affect a society’s growth and advancement, its cultural integrity, and its long-term survival? Relationships among different societies are, of course, crucial to the spread of information, innovation, and belief systems; to the maintenance of exchange and mating networks; and to the forging of ethnic identity. In these ways and others, intergroup relationships can be as strong a force in shaping a society’s identity and future as are local social and economic dynamics.

Meetings at the Margins focuses on the ways in which different ­societies in the Intermountain West profoundly influenced each other’s histories throughout the more than fourteen millennia of prehistoric occupation. Historically, inhabitants of this region frequently interacted with more than forty different groups—neighbors who spoke some two dozen different languages and maintained diverse economies. The contributors to this volume demonstrate that in the prehistoric Intermountain West, as elsewhere throughout the world, intergroup interactions were pivotal for the dynamic processes of cultural cohesion, differentiation, and change, and they affirm the value of a long-term, large-scale view of prehistory.
 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Dedication, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Intergroup and Interregional Interactions In and Around the Intermountain West
  2. David Rhode
  3. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. The Clovis-Last Hypothesis: Investigating Early Lithic Technology in the Intermountain West
  2. Charlotte Beck, George T. Jones
  3. pp. 23-46
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  1. 3. Lithic Technology, Cultural Transmission, and the Nature of the Far Western Paleoarchaic/Paleoindian Co-Tradition
  2. Loren G. Davis, Samuel C. Willis, Shane J. Macfarlan
  3. pp. 47-64
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  1. 4. Great Basin–California/Plateau Interactions Along the Western Front
  2. Michael G. Delacorte, Mark E. Basgall
  3. pp. 65-91
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  1. 5. Prehistoric Textile Trade and Exchange in the Western Great Basin: Outland Coiling and Catlow Twining
  2. Catherine S. Fowler, Eugene M. Hattori
  3. pp. 92-102
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  1. 6. Large Game Exploitation and Intertribal Boundaries on the Fringe of the Western Great Basin
  2. Frank E. Bayham, R. Kelly Beck, Kimberley L. Carpenter
  3. pp. 103-123
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  1. 7. Great Basin Hunters of the Sierra Nevada
  2. Kelly R. McGuire, Kimberley L. Carpenter, Jeffrey Rosenthal
  3. pp. 124-141
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  1. 8. Columbia Plateau: The Northwestern Frontier
  2. James C. Chatters
  3. pp. 142-161
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  1. 9. Numipu and Numa Along the Northern Rim: The Evidence from Western Idaho
  2. Kenneth C. Reid, Travis Pitkin
  3. pp. 162-175
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  1. 10. Stability and Change in the Rocky Mountains: Who Was Here When, and What Were They Doing?
  2. Michael D. Metcalf, E. Kae McDonald
  3. pp. 176-190
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  1. 11. Fremont–Anasazi Boundary Maintenance and Permeability in the Escalante Drainage
  2. Joel C. Janetski, Lane D. Richens, Richard K. Talbot
  3. pp. 191-210
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  1. 12. Gray, Buff, and Brown: Untangling Chronology, Trade, and Culture in the Las Vegas Valley, Southern Nevada
  2. Heidi Roberts, Richard V. N. Ahlstrom
  3. pp. 211-228
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  1. 13. A Model for Predicting Economic Interactionin Arid Lands and an Evaluation in Eastern California Based on Brownware Ceramics
  2. Jelmer W. Eerkens
  3. pp. 229-245
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  1. 14. Perishable Artifacts and Fluid Archaeological Frontiers
  2. J. M. Adovasio
  3. pp. 246-253
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  1. 15. The Chert Core and the Obsidian Rim: Some Long-Term Implications for the Central Great Basin
  2. David Hurst Thomas
  3. pp. 254-270
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  1. 16. Archaeological Perspectives on the Great Basin Culture Area
  2. David B. Madsen
  3. pp. 271-284
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 285-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-298
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607819936
Related ISBN(s)
9781607811732
MARC Record
OCLC
810931715
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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