Exploring prehistoric social and political organization in the American Southwest

Authors
Citation
Wa. Longacre, Exploring prehistoric social and political organization in the American Southwest, J ANTHR RES, 56(3), 2000, pp. 287-300
Citations number
51
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
56
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
287 - 300
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200023)56:3<287:EPSAPO>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
For more than 125 years, archaeologists working in the American Southwest h ave made various attempts to reconstruct aspects of the social and politica l organization of th region's Native American peoples. Initial work focused upon the analysis of prehistoric pottery and architecture and included on ethnoarchaeological component. After the rum of the century, archaeologists turned away from such attempts in response to the I ise of Boasian Histori cal Particularism. With a few notable exceptions, a return to such interest s waited until after World War II and, once again focused upon ceramic and architectural data. The New Archaeology of the 1960s saw the development of "Ceramic Sociology," and that, in turn, gave rise to refinements in method and theory that follow into the current period. Recent work includes ethno archaeological studies as well as longitudinal architectural analyses and c reative analyses of other artifacts.