Message #413: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Help Update the SWA Southwestern Archaeology Reading List Date: Wed, 18 Dec 96 16:05:00 MST Encoding: 108 TEXT I made an archaeology presentation to a generalist audience this morning. After the talk, I was asked to offer ideas on good books on Southwestern archaeology. I mentioned a few classics and recent titles that were readily available. Back at the office, I looked at: http://www.swanet.org/swabooks.html http://www.swanet.org/cda.html http://aaup.pupress.princeton.edu:70/1/AAUP/ALL_CT/arizona http://www.saa.org/Publications/Other/aandu.html It seems we should again update the SWA Reading List. If you have favorite archaeology books that are readily available and interesting to the general public, please offer your recommendations as soon as possible and I will revise the list. Thanks Brian Kenny
SWA SW Archaeology Reading List text attached:
http://www.swanet.org/swabooks.html The titles on the reading list below were sent in by archaeologists and anthropologists in response to the question: Is there a recent, concise, and authorative book on Southwestern Archaeology? If you would like to add any titles to the list, please send suggestions and brief descriptions to Brian Kenny.
From: Cynthia Bettison (email@example.com)
No. I don't think that any that are out are that comprehensive.
From: Wetherbee Bryan Dorshow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I would recommend two books:
The Dynamics of Southwest Prehistory, edited by Cordell and Gummerman; 1989 Smithsonian press
Chaco and Hohokam, edited by Crown and Judge; 1991, School of American Research
From: From: Jane Kolber (email@example.com)
You must not leave out rock art, but sadly, there's nothing published to date that is a good comprehensive study. Polly Schaafsma's "Indian Rock Art of the Southwest," published in 1980 by the School of American Research. Although very out of date as far as recent research and developments, it is still the best there is. Schaafsma recently updated her "Rock Art of New Mexico." Museum of New Mexico Press, 1992. For a limited area in northern Arizona, the most beautiful and well written rock art book published in years is "Tapamveni: The Rock Art Galleries of Petrified Forest and Beyond" by Patricia McCreery and Ekkehart Malotki.Its published by the Petrified Forest Museum Association, 1994.
From: Al Shalette (AlShal@aol.com)
A current favorite of mine is Melinda Elliott's (former editor of El Palacio) "Great Excavations - Tales of Early Southwestern Archaeology, 1888-1939." School of American Research/Univ. WA Press (1995). Available from Maxwell Museum Store (505) 277-8601 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm).
Covers Wetherills, Fewkes, and Morris/Lancaster at Mesa Verde; Kidder at Pecos Pueblo; Morris at Aztec; Hodge at Hawikuh; Judd at Pueblo Bonito; Haury at Snaketown; Brew at Awatovi; and the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition.
Non technical; good reading; covers history of archaeology not archaeology per se. Chip Wills is using this book for one of his courses at UNM.
More generally, I recently organized a symposium series called "Doing Archaeology" in which several of the six speakers were challenged to come up with a good, current overview of S.W. archaeology. Consensus was there is none.
Others had difficulty identifying a single title which adequately addressed specific analytical topics - with one exception.
Pete McKenna (BIA) & Tom Windes (NPS) recommend: Rice, Prudence M., "Pottery Analysis: A Sourcebook;" Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press. McKenna comments: "An encyclopedic sourcebook for archaeological ceramic questions, issues, and methods since Shepard. A must for any archaeologist with pottery to deal with; the outline of subjects presented by Rice is nonpareil for today's archaeological ceramicist."
From: Brian Kenny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Woodbury's History of the Pecos Conference
Dynamics of Southwestern Prehistory (1989). Linda S. Cordell and George J. Gumerman (Smithsonian Institution Press)
The Organization and Evolution of Prehistoric Southwestern Society (1992). Edited by George J. Gumerman (University of New Mexico Press)
Hohokam and Patayan: Prehistory of Southwestern Arizona (1982). Randall McGuire and Michael Schiffer (Academic Press)
Though not a recent work, nor even a summation of current thinking, the Smithsonian Handbook of North American Indians,[ Volume 9 (1979) & Volume 10 (1983) (both focused on the Southwest) ], provides an excellent window into the cultures of the Southwest and the practice of archaeology. In addition, Volume 4 , History of Indian and White Relations, is worth examining in detail. These volumes elucidate the many political and social preconditions subsumed by current practicioners 'students of prehistory.'
Additional classics include:
An Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology (1924). Alfred Vincent Kidder (Yale University Press)
A History of American Archaeology, Second Edition (1980) Gordon R. Willey and Jeremy A Sabloff (W.H. Freeman and Co.)
Ancient Native Americans (1978). Jesse D. Jennings (W. H. Freeman and Co.)
The Hohokam: Desert Farmers and Craftsmen (1976). Emil W. Haury (University of Arizona Press)
The Stratigraphy and Archaeology of Ventana Cave (1975). Emil W. Haury (University of Arizona Press)
From: AAC Newsletter Volume 19 Number 3 October 1995]:
Snapshots of the Past
by Prof. Brian Fagan, University of California at Santa Barbara
Snapshots informs the reader, in the framework of 30 brief essays, about the leading issues in archaeology today. Fagan collects many articles from his regular "Timelines' column in Archaeology magazine, as well as several new articles, into a single volume and leads the reader on a tour through time and space, ranging from the ascent of the human species to public Controversies that concern today's archaeologist. The "snapshots" are of issues of greatest contempomty interest: the Eve hypothesis, the peopling of the New World, site looting, the impact of feminism on archaeology, the archaeology of slavery, and the spectacular cave art finds at Chauvet Grotto in France, among many others.
Snapshots of the Past
Brian Fagan 160 pp.
HC $32.00; PB $14.95
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