New Books

Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys

edited by R. Alan Covey


Memoir 55, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2014
8½ × 11 inches; 240 pages; 29 tables; 135 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-915703-83-8
Softcover, $TBD Available soon!




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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Prehispanic Settlement Patterns in the Upper Mantaro and Tarma Drainages, Junín, Peru: Volume 2, The Wanka Region

edited by Jeffrey R. Parsons, Charles M. Hastings, and Ramiro Matos M.

This monograph is based on six months of systematic regional survey in the Wanka Region of Peru’s sierra central, carried out in two fieldseasons in 1975–76 by the Junin Archaeological Research Project (JASP) under the co-direction of Jeffrey R. Parsons (University of Michigan) and Ramiro Matos Mendieta (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos). It describes some 287 archaeological sites within a survey area of ca. 445 square kilometers lying between ca. 3200 and 4000 meters above sea level in elevation. Four major occupational periods are distinguished: Early Horizon, Early Intermediate Period/Middle Horizon, Late Intermediate Period, and Late Horizon; subsequent investigations in the same region by the Upper Mantaro Research Project (UMARP), directed by Timothy K. Earle (University of California at Los Angeles), refined the LIP chronology into early and late phases, and this new phasing has been applied to most LIP sites in the original JASP survey. The site descriptions include 24 sites in the bordering Jisse-Pomacancha Region, and several site plans from the original survey area, subsequently surveyed and mapped by UMARP archaeologists. The archaeological sites are considered within their environmental, ecological, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic contexts. Look inside this book

Memoir 53, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2013
8½ × 11 inches; 400 pages; 170 tables; 547 illustrations plus 8 color plates
ISBN 978-0-915703-81-4
Softcover, $39 

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The Himalayan Journey of Walter N. Koelz: The University of Michigan Himalayan Expedition, 1932–1934

by Carla M. Sinopoli

In the fall of 1932, University of Michigan naturalist Walter N. Koelz traveled to northwest India to lead a scientific collecting expedition in the rugged Himalayan regions of Western Tibet. Some eighteen months later he returned to the United States with a remarkable collection of biological specimens and an array of objects—Buddhist paintings, ritual objects, textiles, and household goods—acquired from monasteries, households, and merchants. This book presents the diary entries Koelz wrote at the end of each day throughout his expedition, recounting in detail each day’s travels, bookended by a chapter contextualizing his acquisition of sacred Buddhist objects and an appendix that presents previously unpublished thangka paintings that he collected. Look inside this book

Anthropological Papers, no. 98, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2013
9 × 6 inches; 320 pages; 88 illustrations, 72 in color
ISBN 978-0-915703-80-7
Softcover, $28 

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