New Books

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

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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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