New Books

Excavations at San José Mogote 2: The Cognitive Archaeology

by Kent V. Flannery and Joyce Marcus

San José Mogote is a 60-70 ha Formative site in the northern Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, which was occupied for a thousand years before the city of Monte Albán was founded.

The University of Michigan is publishing the final site report on San José Mogote in three volumes: Volume 1 (Excavations at San José Mogote 1: The Household Archaeology), published in 2005, described the household archaeology; Volume 2 documents the cognitive archaeology; and Volume 3 will explain the mortuary archaeology.

Excavations at San José Mogote 2: The Cognitive Archaeology (2015) deals with every building and feature that can shed light on indigenous ritual, religion, and political ideology. Filling 432 pages and utilizing more than 400 photographs and line drawings, this book describes in detail more than 35 public buildings, including men's houses, one-room temples, a performance platform, two-room state temples, a ballcourt, and two types of palaces. These new empirical data allow the authors to reconstruct the evolution of complex Zapotec state religion from the simpler ritual features and buildings of Oaxaca's earliest sedentary communities.

For a limited time, Excavations at San José Mogote 2: The Cognitive Archaeology is available at a reduced price of $30. (List price is $45.) Some readers may want to purchase both volumes. They are available as a set for $60 ($30 off the list price of $90).

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Memoir 58, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2015
8½ × 11 inches; 432 pages; more than 400 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-915703-86-9
Softcover, $45

Now available! Special pricing when you order through the Museum. Or, order through Amazon.com.

Caribou Hunting in the Upper Great Lakes: Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Paleoenvironmental Perspectives

edited by Elizabeth Sonnenburg, Ashley K. Lemke, and John M. O'Shea

Bringing together American and Canadian scholars of Great Lakes prehistory to provide a holistic picture of caribou hunters, this volume covers such diverse topics as paleoenvironmental reconstruction, ethnographic surveys of hunting features with Native informants in Canada, and underwater archaeological research, and presents a synthetic model of ancient caribou hunters in the Great Lakes region. This book is well suited for anyone with interests in Great Lakes prehistory generally, past environments, or the archaeological discovery of the world’s oldest caribou hunting structures 120 feet below Lake Huron. Look inside this book

Memoir 57, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2015
8½ × 11 inches; 224 pages; 26 tables; 154 illustrations including 16 color plates
ISBN 978-0-915703-85-2
Softcover, $37

Now available! Special pricing when you order through the Museum. Or, order through Amazon.com.