Least Cost Analysis of Social Landscapes

Archaeological Case Studies

Author: Devin A. White

Publisher: University of Utah Press

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Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Case studies that act as a guidebook to archeologists on the uses of least cost analysis using GIS methodologies

California Prehistory

Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

Author: Terry L. Jones

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

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Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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Reader of original synthesizing articles for introductory courses on archaeology and native peoples of California.

California Indians and Their Environment

An Introduction

Author: Kent Lightfoot

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Nature

Page: 512

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Capturing the vitality of California's unique indigenous cultures, this major new introduction incorporates the extensive research of the past thirty years into an illuminating, comprehensive synthesis for a wide audience. Based in part on new archaeological findings, it tells how the California Indians lived in vibrant polities, each boasting a rich village life including chiefs, religious specialists, master craftspeople, dances, feasts, and ceremonies. Throughout, the book emphasizes how these diverse communities interacted with the state's varied landscape, enhancing its already bountiful natural resources through various practices centered around prescribed burning. A handy reference section, illustrated with more than one hundred color photographs, describes the plants, animals, and minerals the California Indians used for food, basketry and cordage, medicine, and more. At a time when we are grappling with the problems of maintaining habitat diversity and sustainable economies, we find that these native peoples and their traditions have much to teach us about the future, as well as the past, of California.

The Way the Wind Blows

Climate Change, History, and Human Action

Author: Roderick J. McIntosh

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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Category: Science

Page: 448

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Scientists and policymakers are beginning to understand in ever-increasing detail that environmental problems cannot be understood solely through the biophysical sciences. Environmental issues are fundamentally human issues and must be set in the context of social, political, cultural, and economic knowledge. The need both to understand how human beings in the past responded to climatic and other environmental changes and to synthesize the implications of these historical patterns for present-day sustainability spurred a conference of the world's leading scholars on the topic. The Way the Wind Blows is the rich result of that conference. Articles discuss the dynamics of climate, human perceptions of and responses to the environment, and issues of sustainability and resiliency. These themes are illustrated through discussions of human societies around the world and throughout history.

Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology

Examining Technology Through Production and Use

Author: Jeffrey R. Ferguson

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

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Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology is a guide for the design of archaeological experiments for both students and scholars. Experimental archaeology provides a unique opportunity to corroborate conclusions with multiple trials of repeatable experiments and can provide data otherwise unavailable to archaeologists without damaging sites, remains, or artifacts. Each chapter addresses a particular classification of material culture-ceramics, stone tools, perishable materials, composite hunting technology, butchering practices and bone tools, and experimental zooarchaeology-detailing issues that must be considered in the development of experimental archaeology projects and discussing potential pitfalls. The experiments follow coherent and consistent research designs and procedures and are placed in a theoretical context, and contributors outline methods that will serve as a guide in future experiments. This degree of standardization is uncommon in traditional archaeological research but is essential to experimental archaeology. The field has long been in need of a guide that focuses on methodology and design. This book fills that need not only for undergraduate and graduate students but for any archaeologist looking to begin an experimental research project.

Ishi the Last Yahi

A Documentary History

Author: Robert F. Heizer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: History

Page: 242

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Collects documents and information on Ishi, the last member of the Yahi.

Aboriginal California

Author: Robert Fleming Heizer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN:

Category: Indian trails

Page: 181

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Aboriginal California

Three Studies in Culture History

Author: Robert Fleming Heizer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN:

Category: Indian trails

Page: 181

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