This book examines the long and complex history of human occupation in North America, covering its distinct culture areas of the Arctic, California, Eastern Woodlands, Great Basin, Great Plains, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Southwest, and Subarctic. Complete with maps, a chronology that spans the history from 11,000 B.C. to A.D. 1850, an introductory essay, more than 700 dictionary entries, and a comprehensive bibliography, this reference is a valuable tool for scholars and students. An appendix of museums that have North American collections and a listing of archaeological sites that allow tours by the public also makes this an accessible guide to the interested lay reader and high school student.
Cameron B. Wesson is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary research focus is the political economy of the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. He is the director of a long-term archaeological research project investigating the nature of Woodland period and Mississippian period archaeological sites in central Alabama. He is the author of numerous articles on the archaeology of southeastern North American and the forthcoming book, Households and Hegemony: Early Creek Prestige Goods, Symbolic Capital, and Social Power.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Reader's Note Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendix A: Museums with North American Collections Part 10 Appendix B: Major North American Archaeological Sites Available for Public Tours Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 About the Author