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Entangled Prehistories: A Physics Idea and Culture Change in Chaco Canyon

Author(s): Jill Neitzel

Year: 2017

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Recent work by physicists on "entangled histories" offers archaeologists an alternative perspective for studying prehistoric culture change. The conventional wisdom of archaeology’s contribution to the broader discipline of anthropology is its ability to study change over long spans of time. In recent years, archaeologists have done this using increasingly precise dating techniques combined with processual, multi-scalar, and comparative approaches. The concept of entangled histories expands this repertoire. It says that any entity’s past cannot be described by a single chronology. Rather, the past is created by multiple chronologies intertwined with each other. This paper assesses the utility of this idea of entanglements for studying prehistoric culture change in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

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Entangled Prehistories: A Physics Idea and Culture Change in Chaco Canyon. Jill Neitzel. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430381)


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North America - Southwest

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

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Abstract Id(s): 14412

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America