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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Do we know the mound builders were ordinary? Yes, local actors and histories matter. May 30, Imprint: Handbook of Archaeological Theories.

Once Macon Plateau was abandoned — probably close to AD — the locality was not reinhabited, suggesting a lingering fear of the place, taboos linked to its former inhabitants, or bad memories of events that happened there. Land and Spirit delusion Native America. Cooperation and Collective Action.

Her advisor is concerned that this isn’t testable and that she stick to “the environmental risks that clearly must have underwritten every Mississippian economy” Cites Agency in Archaeolgy and Companion to Scoial Archaeolgy as influential.

Social-evolutionary theory does have a frustrating, dull tendency to create neat self-contained models that as many societies as possible are then vigorously stuffed in to so that we can then arrive at some obvious, cynical conclusion for some holy “scientific” purpose. Knight also chiefdomw that the temples and temple mounds were at the heart of a “threefold system of inferred cult institutions.

Ashley added it Oct 08, And much, much more that won’t fit here. Arkyologist rated it it was amazing May 19, Do our ethnographic models serve archaeology well? Lekson, 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 chiecdoms refreshingly different from the mainstream.


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? Nicole rated it really liked it Aug 24, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter. Your display cniefdoms should be at least 2 characters long. Perri rated it liked it Aug 27, The mound builders probably came from many different backgrounds, with at least as many different understandings of what earthen construction meant.

He mentions dual-processualism and historical processualism, and contrasts these with deludions perspectives, but I confess that the distinctions were never clear to me –though it was clear they were immens Pauketat is clearly exercised about something here, but I have to say that for a non-archaeologist, it’s a little unclear what that might be.

Pauketat is taking American archaeology in exciting new directions. That seems hardly plausible to me. Archaeology and Ancient Religion in the American Midcontinent. The gist of his point is that social-evolutionary theories come to conclusions first based on faulty assumptions and then embark on small-minded excavations that “prove” their arguments.

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I don’t think the idea of social evolution as it is thought of in archaeology or “stages” of human history should be completely scrapped, but I do think Pauketat is right in that before we try anything like that we need to spend a lot more time investigating change itself and a lot less time trying to reconstruct nerdy little simplistic playmobil models of past societies with arrows pointing between them.


In all of the areas Pauketat examines, he sees migrations and the dislocations and opportunities they provide as critical in catapulting societies toward urbanism. Newer models haven’t progressed much beyond the old distinctions made between the managerial and the political theories of social evolution” Thezu is currently reading it Apr 18, Return to Book Page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Professor Pauketat is interested in the study of ancient religion and urbanism, and has been excavating the pre-Columbian colonies and pilgrimage sites of the Cahokian civilization around St.

Crafting Prehispanic Maya Kinship. Maggie rated it liked it Oct 21, World-Systems Theory in Practice. Trivia About Chiefdoms and Oth Light on the Aand.

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The review must be at least 50 characters long. Any archaeologist interested in North American archaeology or in the exploration of complex societies needs to read this book. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial does not mean one thing.

Rethinking the Human Place in Nature. We need to examine how the cultural power of these ordinary mound builders caused the ascent of chiefs, not the other way around”