Centuries of Decline During the Hohokam Classic Period at Pueblo Grande

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März 2003



In the prehispanic Southwest, Pueblo Grande was the site of the largest platform mound in the Phoenix basin and the most politically prominent village in the region. It has long been held to represent the apex of Hohokam culture that designates the Classic period.New data from major excavations in Phoenix, however, suggest that little was "classic" about the Classic period at Pueblo Grande. These findings challenge views of Hohokam society that prevailed for most of the twentieth century, suggesting that for Pueblo Grande it was a time of decline rather than prosperity, a time marked by overpopulation, environmental degradation, resource shortage, poor health, and social disintegration. During this period, the Hohokam in the lower Salt River Valley began a precipitous slide toward the eventual abandonment of a homeland that they had occupied for more than one thousand years.This volume is a long-awaited summary of one of the most important data-recovery projects in Southwest archaeology, synthesizing thousands of pages of data and text published in seven volumes of contract reports. The authors -- all leading authorities in Hohokam archaeology who played primary roles in this revolution of understanding -- here craft a compelling argument for the eventual collapse of Hohokam society in the late fourteenth century as seen from one of the largest and seemingly most influential irrigation communities along the lower Salt River.Drawing on extremely large and well-preserved collections, the book reveals startling evidence of a society in decline as reflected in catchment analysis, archaeofaunal assemblage composition, skeletal studies, burial assemblages, artifact exchange, andceramic production. The volume also includes a valuable new summary of the archival reconstruction of the architectural sequence for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.With its wealth of data, interpretation, and synthesis, Centuries of Decline represents a milestone in our un


David R. Abbott is Research Associate at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson. His articles have appeared in various edited volumes and in "Kiva" and "American Antiquity." He is the recipient of the 1995 Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Prize.
EAN: 9780816522316
ISBN: 0816522316
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: 281 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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