New Books

The Northern Titicaca Basin Survey: Huancané-Putina

by Charles Stanish, Cecilia Chávez Justo, Karl LaFavre, and Aimée Plourde

This landmark book synthesizes the results of more than a decade of fieldwork in southern Peru—where Stanish and his team systematically surveyed more than 1000 square kilometers in the northern Titicaca Basin—and it details several hundred new sites in the Huancané-Putina River valley. Stanish's team recovered data on the entire sequence of occupation—from Archaic period workshops, Qaluyu and Pukara period regional centers, and Tiwanaku sites to the massive Late Intermediate and Inca period settlements. The meticulous analysis of the entire ceramic sequence by Cecilia Chávez represents a monumental achievement for understanding the chronology of development in this region and has major implications for future research. The authors describe hundreds of previously unknown sites as well as the pottery, chipped stone, and stone sculptures of the region. Their synthesis of the settlement dynamics over several millennia represents a major contribution to our understanding of primary state formation. This book will be invaluable for those interested in the evolution of state-level societies, evolutionary and hierarchical shifts in chiefly societies, and the nature of political and economic change over the span of millennia.  Look inside this book

Memoir 56, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2014
8½ × 11 inches; 424 pages; 13 tables; 433 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-915703-84-5
Softcover, $38

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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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