The long-awaited third edition of this well-known textbook continues to be the go-to text and reference for anyone interested in Southwest archaeology. It provides a comprehensive summary of the major themes and topics central to modern interpretation and practice. More concise, accessible, and student-friendly, the Third Edition offers students the latest in current research, debates, and topical syntheses as well as increased coverage of Paleoindian and Archaic periods and the Casas Grandes phenomenon. It remains the perfect text for courses on Southwest archaeology at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels and is an ideal resource book for the Southwest researchers’ bookshelf and for interested general readers.
"This book is a welcome updated addition to the currently available textbooks on Southwestern prehistory. The authors have clearly put in a tremendous amount of effort to bring in current data, interpretations, and issues facing Southwest archaeologists today. The book is well written, easy to read, and very comprehensive, providing the basics of Southwestern prehistory."--Barbara Roth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
"There is a reason this work is a classic. If you're doing any research in a (new to you) area/time period, Cordell gives you the basics, key references, and important issues…this is an excellent new edition of the text. It will be a must have for all Southwest archaeologists."--Gordon F.M. Rakita, University of North Florida