James A. Neely and Henry T. Wright
The Deh Luran Plain is a microcosm of Mesopotamia and important for the study of a variety of processes in cultural evolution. In this volume (the first of three planned on this project), the authors present a detailed archaeological survey covering periods from the earliest occupation of the plain up to the mid-third millennium BC.
Elizabeth Bacus et al.
This annotated bibliography reviews contributions from a wide variety of theoretical orientations, many from geographical or temporal contexts.
This book reports the results of an archaeological survey undertaken in southwestern Iran by a remarkable researcher: Dr. F.G.L. Gremliza. The author, Abbas Alizadeh, presents Gremliza’s survey data and provides an analysis of the developmental implications.
Brian S. Shaffer and Barry W. Baker
The authors present the constructs for a logical and hierarchal vertebrate coding system for use in the analysis of faunal remains from archaeological sites. FACS consists of a series of numeric codes for recording information on 24 attributes for each faunal specimen.
Scott G. Beld
This volume contains the analysis of two prehistoric sites in Gratiot County, Michigan. The author presents a description of the features and artifacts from both sites and discusses the possible cultural affiliation of the sites, which he dates to the Terminal Archaic/Early Woodland.
Cerro Azul was a late prehistoric fishing community on the south-central coast of Peru. It was one of several communities that belonged to the region of Huarco before falling to the Inca. This volume is the preliminary report of an interdisciplinary project carried out at the site from 1982 to 1986. The remains of many buildings exist on the site. During this project, crews excavated four of these, as well as middens and burials.
Thomas R. Rocek, John D. Speth
The Henderson site is a small, late prehistoric pueblo in southeastern New Mexico. It sits on a crest overlooking the Hondo River in Chaves County. The site contains a multiroom structure with two phases of occupation: the first around AD 1200 and the second around AD 1300 to 1400. This volume presents descriptions and analysis of the ten burials found at the Henderson site.
Jonathan C. Driver
In this volume, Jonathan C. Driver presents the results of his study of faunal remains that represent several prehistoric communities in the Sacramento Mountain area and document the range and proportions of hunted foods in the diet of these communities. Driver’s work complements one of the most important works on the prehistory of this region: Jane Holden Kelley’s The Archaeology of the Sierra Blanca Region of Southeastern New Mexico (1984).
Robert D. Drennan
In this volume, Robert D. Drennan presents a preliminary report on his survey and excavation in the mountainous area of western Colombia in 1984. Regional Archaeology in the Valle de la Plata contains a thorough description of the region’s landscape, including geology, soils, and modern flora, as well as details and illustrations of ceramic artifacts.
William J. Parry and John D. Speth
In 1977 and 1978, Parry and Speth excavated the Garnsey Spring site, an aboriginal campsite southeast of Roswell, New Mexico. Here they describe their fieldwork and the analysis of the artifacts found at the site, including lithics and ceramics. Pollen analysis is also included.
Jeffrey R. Parsons, Keith W. Kintigh, and Susan A. Gregg
This report is a descriptive tabulation of settlement pattern data collected by University of Michigan projects in the Valley of Mexico between 1967 and 1973. Data is presented in tabular form for hundreds of sites, including information on environmental zones, elevation, rainfall, soil depth, phases of occupation, and more.
John D. Speth and William J. Parry
The Garnsey site is a late prehistoric-protohistoric bison kill site in southeastern New Mexico. During the 1978 excavation, the crew clarified the stratigraphy and chronology of the site and increased the number of bison remains. In this data-rich monograph, the authors present the results of their fieldwork and analyze their findings. In addition to bison remains, researchers found lithics, ceramics, and fire-cracked rock.
Robert D. Drennan
In this volume, editor Robert D. Drennan presents a series of reports on archaeological research in the Tehuacán Valley of Mexico. Charles S. Spencer writes about irrigation in the Formative period; Elsa M. Redmond reports on a Terminal Formative ceramic workshop; John R. Alden writes about a survey at Quachilco; Drennan provides a preliminary report on excavations at Cuayucatepec; Spencer and Redmond report on Formative and Classic developments in the Cuicatlan Cañada; and Judith E. Smith provides an analysis of carbonized botanical remains from Quachilco, Cuayucatepec, and La Coyotera.
Henry T. Wright
In the region of Xuzestan (also “Khuzestan”), in southwestern Iran, early inhabitants domesticated plants and animals and developed permanent settlements and complex political states. In this volume, editor Henry T. Wright presents the results of three archaeological surveys in this important region.
Contributors report on findings by time period, including the Paleolithic, Archaic, Susiana, Uruk, Protoelamite, Elamite, and Islamic periods.
Robert D. Drennan
In this volume, Robert D. Drennan presents results of two seasons of archaeological research on the Palo Blanco Project in the Tehuacán Valley of Mexico. He reports on the surface survey and excavations at the central plaza and surrounding areas, including the outlying barrios.
William L. Merrill
Mescal beans were important for many North American tribes in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. Tribes used the beans primarily as decorations (seed beads) for clothing; some tribes consumed the beans for their psychotropic properties as part of ceremonies.
In this volume, the author examines the distribution of mescal bean use and compiles a description of archaeological and ethnographic specimens from dozens of tribes. Illustrated.
William K. Macdonald
Editor William K. Macdonald presents several essays on contract archaeology, or archaeological work done by companies or agencies on sites that typically are about to be destroyed by construction. Thomas J. Riley reports on contract archaeology and the academic world; James E. Fitting writes from the perspective of a state archaeologist; Macdonald and Alex H. Townsend report on problems in corporate archaeology; Townsend writes about how contracts are acquired; and Steven A. LeBlanc reports on the need for regions to have an overall research design and to follow best practices in hiring, technological improvements, and storage.
William R. Farrand, Richard W. Redding, Milford H. Wolpoff, and Henry T. Wright, III
In 1973, researchers from the University of Michigan conducted a survey in the Loboi area, north of Lake Bogoria (Lake Hannington) in west Kenya, north of Nairobi. The goal of the project was to record archaeological remains in the area. In 1965, Mary Leakey had noted the presence of stone tools and faunal remains in Loboi, and her son Richard Leakey, director of the National Museums of Kenya, suggested the area should be further studied.
In addition to the intensive survey, the researchers excavated seven small test units at five sites and recovered archaeological materials.
Frank B. Livingstone
In this work, author Frank B. Livingstone has collected and interpreted data on abnormal hemoglobins and G6PD deficiency in humans around the globe. He reports on blood abnormalities by continent and ethnicity and relates these findings to the historic and prehistoric movements of populations.
Thomas Meyers and Mark Denies
In this work, the authors present the history of efforts at the University of Michigan to develop specialized laboratory techniques suitable for measuring trace elements found in prehistoric artifacts. They explain how two early computer programs (PEAKSCAN and LONGTERM) analyzed specimens (particularly chert and obsidian) and how neutron activation analysis is used to identify quantities of certain chemical elements. Researchers then use this data to determine the sources of raw materials used by prehistoric people.