By David R. Abbott
New information from significant excavations in Phoenix, in spite of the fact that, recommend that little was once "classic" in regards to the vintage interval at Pueblo Grande. those findings problem perspectives of Hohokam society that prevailed for many of the 20 th century, suggesting that for Pueblo Grande it used to be a time of decline instead of prosperity, a time marked through overpopulation, environmental degradation, source scarcity, negative overall healthiness, and social disintegration. in this interval, the Hohokam within the decrease Salt River Valley all started a precipitous slide towards the eventual abandonment of a place of origin they had occupied for multiple thousand years.
This quantity is a long-awaited precis of 1 of an important data-recovery initiatives in Southwest archaeology, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of pages of information and textual content released in seven volumes of agreement experiences. The authors—all top professionals in Hohokam archaeology who performed fundamental roles during this revolution of understanding—here craft a compelling argument for the eventual cave in of Hohokam society within the overdue fourteenth century as visible from one of many biggest and possible so much influential irrigation groups alongside the decrease Salt River.
Drawing on tremendous huge and well-preserved collections, the e-book finds startling proof of a society in decline as mirrored in catchment research, archaeofaunal assemblage composition, skeletal stories, burial assemblages, artifact alternate, and ceramic creation. the amount additionally features a worthwhile new precis of the archival reconstruction of the architectural series for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.
With its wealth of information, interpretation, and synthesis, Centuries of Decline represents a milestone in our knowing of Hohokam tradition. it's a key reference for Southwest archaeologists who search to appreciate the Hohokam cave in and a benchmark for a person drawn to the prehistory of Arizona.
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Centuries of Decline during the Hohokam Classic Period at Pueblo Grande by David R. Abbott