New Books

Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys

edited by R. Alan Covey

The Cuzco region of highland Peru was the heartland of the Inca empire, the largest native state to develop in the Americas. Archaeologists have studied Inca monumental architecture for more than a century, but it is only in recent decades that regional survey work has systematically sought to reconstruct patterns of settlement, subsistence, and social organization in the region. This monograph presents the results of regional surveys conducted (from 2000 to 2008) to the north and west of the city of Cuzco, a region of approximately 1200 square kilometers that was investigated using the same field methodology as other systematic surveys in the Cuzco region. The study region, referred to as Hanan Cuzco in this volume, encompasses considerable environmental variations ranging from warm valley-bottom lands to snow-capped mountains. The chapters in this volume present settlement pattern data from all periods of pre-Columbian occupation—from the arrival of the first hunter-gatherers to the transformation of valley-bottom fields by the last Inca emperors. A chapter on the Colonial period discusses how Spanish colonial practices transformed an imperial landscape into a peripheral one. Together, the chapters in this volume contribute to the archaeological understanding of several central issues in Andean prehistory. Look inside this book

Memoir 55, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2014
8½ × 11 inches; 240 pages; 35 tables; 157 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-915703-83-8
Softcover, $35

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Cerro Danush: Excavations at a Hilltop Community in the Eastern Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico

by Ronald K. Faulseit

    Monte Albán was the capital of the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, ca. 500 B.C.–A.D. 600, but once its control began to wane, other sites filled the political vacuum. Archaeologists have long awaited a meticulous excavation of one of these sites—which would help us better understand the process that transformed second-tier sites into a series of polities or señoríos that competed with each other for centuries.
    This new book details Ronald Faulseit's excavations at the site of Dainzú-Macuilxóchitl in the Valley of Oaxaca. His 2007–2010 mapping and excavation seasons focused on the Late Classic (A.D. 600–900) and Early Postclassic (A.D. 900–1300). The spatial distributions of surface artifacts—collected during the intensive mapping and systematic surface collecting—on residential terraces at Cerro Danush are analyzed to evaluate evidence for craft production, ritual, and abandonment at the community level. This community analysis is complemented by data from the comprehensive excavation of a residential terrace, which documents diachronic patterns of behavior at the household level. The results from Faulseit’s survey and excavations are evaluated within the theoretical frameworks of political cycling and resilience theory. Faulseit concludes that resilient social structures may have helped orchestrate reorganization in the dynamic political landscape of Oaxaca after the political collapse of Monte Albán. Look inside this book

Memoir 54, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2013
8½ × 11 inches; 272 pages; 4 tables; 261 illustrations plus 8 color plates
ISBN 978-0-915703-82-1
Softcover, $38

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