In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Timothy R. Pauketat. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD. xii + pp. $70 (cloth), ISBN Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions has 23 ratings and 2 reviews. A said: Big Timothy Pauketat picks a bone with how he thinks Mississippian arc.

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James Knight reasonably concluded that there was a suite of political-religious practices involving the curation of ancestors’ bones in special charnel houses, or temples, atop platform mounds. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial does not mean one thing.

In turn, archaeologists have all too often relied on these models to reconstruct the lives of ancient peoples. The Eastern Archaic, Historicized. Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

This book is certainly worth reading. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Science and the neo-evolutionists argue — that historical societies can be understood with reference to abstract concepts absent understanding of the various socio-political contexts which shaped and were shaped by them? The author or editor of a dozen scholarly books, Tim also writes for nonprofessional audiences, recently including a book entitled Cahokia: Reading Native American Women.

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From Colonization to Complexity In Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological CuiefdomsQrchaeological Pauketat confronts his colleagues with the stereotypes that guide our interpretations of past societies. Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide. They created fictive kin relationships with other nearby groups, “by giving away actual pieces of the mythological story to these distant peers and political wannabes.

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Alabama and the Borderlands. Of course, after the fact, people — often politicians with ulterior motives — claim that some institution or another was always in existence. Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement.

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Professor Pauketat is interested in the study of ancient religion and delusionns, and has been excavating the pre-Columbian colonies and pilgrimage sites of the Cahoki Tim Pauketat is an archaeologist and professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at deluusions University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions by Timothy R. Pauketat

Although this writing is very different, the effect is similar to that of poststructuralism on my brain. A cross between Walter Taylor’s A Study of Archeology and Kent Flannery’s The Early Mesoamerican Village, Pauketat pulls no punches while humorously and incisively summarizing current research and thinking on the subject in the region and beyond, and in othdr us how we can do better.

Do our ethnographic models serve archaeology well? Mississippian is probably better considered a transregional sptio-cultural phenomenon — an ethnoscape’ in Arjun Appadurai’s terms — much like ‘civilization’ and ‘globalization. An Archaeology of the Cosmos. Arhaeological, curator of archaeology, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History A top flight synthesis of the development of complex societies in Eastern North America, from a theoretical perspective refreshingly different from the mainstream.

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Ignore the history of European archaaeological and missionization. Yes, local actors and histories matter. In lively, engaging, and informed prose, Timothy Pauketat debunks much of this social-evolutionary theorizing about human development, as he ponders the evidence of ‘chiefdoms’ left behind by the Mississippian culture of the American southern heartland.


Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions

They were constantly at war with these outsiders, and Powhatan himself engaged in wars to eliminate these ethnic others, ‘depopulating and then repopulating’ outlying territories with loyalists and training youth outside of kin groups chiffdoms be aggressive Rountree and Turner Thezu is currently reading it Apr 18, aand Jen NerdifiedJen rated it really liked it Jul 04, Dawn added it Apr 16, We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

Nor is it, strictly speaking, a kind of ‘chiefdom society. Alternative Leadership Strategies in the Prehispanic Southwest.

The Ascent of Chiefs. We need to examine how the cultural power of these ordinary mound builders caused the ascent of chiefs, not the other way around” Light on the Path. And we won’t know until we stop pretending that the process is somehow devoid of people, or until we actually examine the materiality of mound building as a process in which people also built institutions. This volume will repay rereading and careful study, and this reviewer intends to assign it in her North American prehistory course in the spring.

Enrique Bellido added it Apr 06, Native history in North America was far grander, far more interestingthan old textbooks allow. Sirole marked it as to-read Sep 21, Anderson, University of Tennessee; co-author with Kenneth E. Return to Book Page. Eman added it Jul 11, In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been constructed by, their social arrangements.

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