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Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest

Edited by Richard H. Wilshusen
Edited by Gregson Schachner
Edited by James R. Allison

Archaeologists are increasingly recognizing the early Pueblo period as a major social and demographic transition in Southwest history. In Crucible of Pueblos: The Early Pueblo Period in the Northern Southwest, Richard Wilshusen, Gregson Schachner and James Allison present the first comprehensive summary of population growth and migration, the materialization of early villages, cultural diversity, relations of social power, and the emergence of early great houses during the early Pueblo period. Six chapters address these developments in the major regions of the northern Southwest and four synthetic chapters then examine early Pueblo material culture to explore social identity, power, and gender from a variety of perspectives. Taken as a whole, this thoughtfully edited volume compares the rise of villages during the early Pueblo period to similar processes in other parts of the Southwest and examines how the study of the early Pueblo period contributes to an anthropological understanding of Southwest history and early farming societies throughout the world.


Richard H. Wilshusen is the state archaeologist and deputy state historic preservation officer at History Colorado.

Gregson Schachner is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

James R. Allison is associate professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University.





Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 288 pages 80 figures, 22 tables