Recent archaeoglogical work in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico has fueled a great deal of regionally specific research: archaeologists, faced with an avalanche of new and unassimilated data, tend to foucs on their own areas to the exclusion of the broader, panregional view. "Perspectives on Southwestern Prehistory" advocates the larger f
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Introduction -- Hunters and Gatherers -- Introduction -- The Study of Hunter-Gatherers in the American Southwest: New Insights from Ethnology -- Thermal Maxima and Episodic Occupation of the Picacho Reservoir Dune Field -- Hunters and Gatherers of the Sonoran Islands -- Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in Northeastern Arizona and Southeastern Utah -- Archaic Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in Northwestern New Mexico -- Transitions to Sedentism -- Introduction -- Sedentism and Settlement Mobility in the Tucson Basin Prior to A.D. 1000 -- Sedentism or Mobility: What Do the Data Say? What Did the Anasazi Do? -- Artifact Assemblage Composition and Site Occupation Duration -- Patterns of Residential Mobility and Sedentism in the Jornada Mogollon Area -- Agriculture Dependence in the Mountain Mogollon -- Comments -- Comments -- Elites and Regional Systems -- Introduction -- The Identification of Possible Elites in Prehispanic Sonora -- The Complicated and the Complex: Observations on the Archaeological Record of Large Pueblos -- Explanations of Population Aggregation in the Mesa Verde Region Prior to A.D. 900 -- Elite Formation and Interregional Exchanges in Peripheries -- Protohistoric Period: Transitions to History -- Introduction -- A View from the Protohistoric -- The Transition to History in Pimería Alta -- Protohistoric Transitions in the Western Pueblo Area -- Contact Shock and the Protohistoric Period in the Greater Southwest -- Tener Comal y Metate: Protohistoric Rio Grande Maize Use and Diet -- Comments -- Comments -- History of Southwestern Archaeology -- Introduction History of Southwestern Archaeology -- Cultivating Ideas: The Changing Intellectual History of the Introduction of Agriculture to the American Southwest -- Sedentism and Aggregation in Anasazi Archaeology -- Population Growth and Mobility in Southern Colorado Plateau Archaeology -- From Myths to Methods: Intellectual Transitions in Flagstaff Archaeology, 1883-1930
Paul E. Minnis is a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. He has studied Paquimé since 1984 and co-directed research projects on Casas Grandes/Paquimé in northwest Chihuahua since 1989.