Big (Pre)History in North America:a view from the Southwest

Author(s): Stephen Lekson

Year: 2017


While there are hopeful signs of change, for most of the last half-century American Anthropological Archaeology has been highly skeptical or openly hostile to continental-scale dynamics, particularly north of Mexico. Why was that? This paper briefly explores the history of our discipline, contrasts it to Europe and Latin America, and remarks on emerging, more realistic frames-of-reference for the prehistory of Native agricultural societies in North America. Examples begin with old chestnuts in the Southwest and Mississippi Valley, and move out:from sea to shining sea, and from north and south as far as corn was grown. Summarily, of course.

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Big (Pre)History in North America:a view from the Southwest. Stephen Lekson. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429411)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14357