Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest


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Series: Monographs 71
ISBN: 978-1-931745-95-6
Publication Date: Apr 2012
Price: Pb $55.00
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Richard H. Wilshusen, Gregson Schachner and James R. Allison

Archaeologists are increasingly recognizing the early Pueblo period as a major social and demographic transition in Southwest history. In Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest, Richard Wilshusen, Gregson Schachner and James Allison present the first comprehensive summary of population growth and migration, the materialization of early villages, cultural diversity, relations of social power, and the emergence of early great houses during the early Pueblo period. 

Crucible of PueblosSix chapters address these developments in the major regions of the northern Southwest and four synthetic chapters then examine early Pueblo material culture to explore social identity, power, and gender from a variety of perspectives.Taken as a whole, this thoughtfully edited volume compares the rise of villages during the early Pueblo period to similar processes in other parts of the Southwest and examines how the study of the early Pueblo period contributes to an anthropological understanding of Southwest history and early farming societies throughout the world.

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Crucible of Pueblos rock art

Table of Contents
  • Ch. 1: Early Pueblos in the American Southwest: The Loss of Innocence and the Origins of the Early Southwestern Village by Gregson Schachner, Kellam Throgmorton, Richard H. Wilshusen, and James R. Allison
  • Ch. 2: Heartland of the Early Pueblos: The Central Mesa Verde by Richard H. Wilshusen, Scott G. Ortman, Shanna Diederichs, Donna M. Glowacki, and Grant Coffey
  • Ch. 3: Meanwhile, in the West: Early Pueblo Communities in Southeastern Utah by James R. Allison, Winston B. Hurst, Jonathan D. Till, and Donald C. Irwin
  • Ch. 4: The Eastern Mesa Verde Region: Migrants, Cultural Diversity, and Violence in the East by James M. Potter, Jason P. Chuipka, and Jerry Fetterman
  • Ch. 5: Pueblo I Settlement in the Greater Chaco Basin by Thomas C. Windes and Ruth M. Van Dyke
  • Ch. 6: Alternative Trajectories During the Early Pueblo Period in the Little Colorado Drainage and Beyond by Gregson Schachner, Dennis Gilpin, and Matthew A. Peeples
  • Ch. 7: The Unexpected Stability of Rio Grande Communities During the Early Developmental Period by Steven A. Lakatos and C. Dean Wilson
  • Ch. 8: The Hunter and the Hunted: What Faunal Remains Reveal about Early Pueblo Village Cuisine, Ritual Organization, and Social Power by James M. Potter
  • Ch. 9: The Perishable Side of Early Pueblo Style and Identity: Textiles, Sandals, and Baskets by Laurie D. Webster
  • Ch. 10: Women’s Central Role in Early Pueblo Change: Ground Stone, Archaeobotanical, Ceramic, Architectural, and Skeletal Evidence by Richard H. Wilshusen and Elizabeth M. Perry
  • Ch. 11: Processions, Leaders, and Gathering Places: Changes in Early Pueblo Community Organization as seen in Architecture, Rock Art, and Language by Richard H. Wilshusen, Scott G. Ortman, and Ann Phillips
  • Ch. 12: Early Pueblo Villages in a Pioneer/Colonial, Epi-Classic World by Stephen H. Lekson
  • Ch. 13: The Early Pueblo Period: A Synthesis of Sorts by John Kantner