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Provides a narrative account of what is known of the diverse ancient societies of North America, from first settlement before 12,000 BC up to European contact and beyond. Narrative description is balanced with explanation, with an introductory summary of major theoretical developments in North American archaeology, and discussion of specific controversies and theoretical insights interwoven throughout. Assumes a previous course in basic archaeological principles and terminology. This third edition offers updated material on theory, calibrated chronology, climate change, and Mississippian ideology and socio- political change. Includes many b&w photos of artifacts and key figures. Fagan teaches anthropology at the University of California- Santa Barbara. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Brian Fagan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of many books including People of the Earth and In the Beginning.Review:
A heroic effort to synopsize the occupational history of the United States and Canada....An excellent introductory text. -- American Antiquity
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