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Reconstructing Prehistoric Pueblo Societies

Edited by William A. Longacre

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Overview

The chapters in this book focus on methods and theories used to systematically test hypotheses about prehistoric social organization. The concern with social organization reflects a larger trend in archaeology that stresses the recovery and use of pertinent data for testing ideas and assumptions. As a result, the view that non-observable phenomena such as social organization cannot be recovered from an archaeological site—as in, our only data on ancient social organization must come from modern peoples—has been overturned. A rigorous scientific approach, along with sophisticated analytical tools, makes possible whole new areas of inquiry into past cultures.

Subjects: Archaeology

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