Fiedel's book exploring the development of the prehistoric cultures of North, Central and South America from about 10,000 BC to AD 1530 has been updated to include discussion of recent discoveries and analyses of their implications. Prehistory of the Americas examines archaeological evidence of the earliest human migration from Asia to the New World; the rapid expansion of Paleo-Indian hunters; the adaptations of archaic hunter-gatherers to post-Ice Age life; the origins and spread of farming and village life; and the rise and fall of chiefdoms and states. The author describes how different regions in the New World evolved, affected by a variety of factors ranging from technological developments to climate change. He compares the evolution of New World prehistory with that of Old World cultures. Discussion of the development of American archaeology, from the early European encounters with native Americans to the 'new' archaeology, is also included.Read more
- A wide-ranging book, presenting an overview of cultural development in the Americas from the arrival of humans, around 10,000 BC, to the collapse of native societies before the onslaught of Europeans
- Author produces a wealth of data, addressing major theoretical issues. Chronological tables, incorporating details of climate and technological innovations, present an overview of existing material
- The book is written in a clear and accessible way, presenting up-to-date material and highlighting current debates
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'This well-written book covers a very large number of topics in New World prehistory … enjoys the author's considerable familiarity with the areas he discusses.' William S. Laughlin, Annals of Human Biology
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: September 1992
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521425445
- length: 424 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 174 x 26 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- contains: 115 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The development of American archaeology: a brief review
2. From Africa to Siberia: early human migrations in the old world
3. The Paleo-Indians
4. The archaic: post-Pleistocene foragers
5. The origins of agriculture and village life
6. Chiefdoms and states: the emergence of complex societies
7. Parallel worlds.
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