Prehistory of the Americas

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Cambridge University Press, May 29, 1992 - History - 400 pages
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Fiedel's book exploring the development of the prehistoric cultures of North, Central and South America from about 10,000 BC to AD 1530 has been updated to include discussion of recent discoveries and analyses of their implications. Prehistory of the Americas examines archaeological evidence of the earliest human migration from Asia to the New World; the rapid expansion of Paleo-Indian hunters; the adaptations of archaic hunter-gatherers to post-Ice Age life; the origins and spread of farming and village life; and the rise and fall of chiefdoms and states. The author describes how different regions in the New World evolved, affected by a variety of factors ranging from technological developments to climate change. He compares the evolution of New World prehistory with that of Old World cultures. Discussion of the development of American archaeology, from the early European encounters with native Americans to the 'new' archaeology, is also included.
 

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Contents

The development of American archaeology a brief review
1
From Africa to Siberia early human migrations in the Old World
22
The PaleoIndians
39
The Archaic postPleistocene foragers
84
The origins of agriculture and village life
166
Chiefdoms and states the emergence of complex societies
229
Parallel worlds
349
References
367
Author index
393
Subject index
395
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