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Remembering Archaeological Fieldwork in Mexico and Peru, 1961–2003: A Photographic Essay

Jeffrey R. Parsons


Hundreds of black and white photographs taken by archaeologist Jeffrey R. Parsons during decades of fieldwork illustrate now-vanished landscapes and archaeological sites of Mexico and Peru.

Cueva Blanca: Social Change in the Archaic of the Valley of Oaxaca

Kent V. Flannery and Frank Hole

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Archaeologists Flannery and Hole excavated a series of Archaic sites in the Valley of Oaxaca, including Cueva Blanca, as part of a project on the prehistory and human ecology of this region of Mexico. This cave yielded artifacts from the Late Pleistocene through the Early Archaic to the Late Archaic.

Prehistoric Copper Mining in Michigan: The Nineteenth-Century Discovery of “Ancient Diggings” in the Keweenaw Peninsula and Isle Royale

John R. Halsey

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Explorers in the nineteenth century found many pits and tools along rich copper seams in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula–evidence that prehistoric inhabitants mined copper there for thousands of years. John Halsey, former state archaeologist of Michigan, tells the story of those who discovered the ancient mines in this thorough and engaging tale.

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Since 1932, the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology (formerly the Museum of Anthropology) has been publishing academic books that feature excellent scholarship, meticulous research, and innovative interpretation. We continue this tradition today, publishing data-rich monographs on the archaeology and ethnology of North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Our comprehensive books include numerous illustrations, photographs, tables, and charts. They are priceless records of archaeological data, relevant to current and future research.

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Remembering Archaeological Fieldwork in Mexico and Peru, 1961-2003: A Photographic Essay

by Jeffrey R. Parsons


Half a century ago, when archaeologist Jeffrey R. Parsons began fieldwork in Mexico and Peru, he could not know that many of the sites he studied were on the brink of destruction. The rural landscapes through which he traveled were, in many cases, destined to be plowed under and paved over. In this volume, Parsons offers readers a chance to see archaeological sites that were hundreds or thousands of years old and have since vanished or been irrevocably altered. Hundreds of photographs, accompanied by descriptions, illustrate the sites, the people, and the landscapes that Parsons encountered during four decades of research in these regions. Parsons is now emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and has published many archaeological monographs as well as ethnographic research on salt, fish, and other items used for traditional subsistence in Mexico. Foreword by Richard I. Ford.

Order through the University of Michigan Press.

Special Publications No. 3, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2019
8 x 10.5 inches; 376 pages; 500+ b&w photos and illustrations
ISBN 978-0-915703-92-0
Hardcover, $90


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