Encyclopedia of Prehistory

Volume 5: Middle America

  • Peter N. Peregrine
  • Melvin Ember

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. James Zeidler
    Pages 1-11
  3. George L. Cowgill
    Pages 12-21
  4. Deborah L. Nichols, Thomas H. Charlton
    Pages 22-53
  5. Francisco Corrales Ulloa
    Pages 54-68
  6. Robert Sharer
    Pages 69-81
  7. Solveig Turpin
    Pages 82-84
  8. William Keegan
    Pages 85-99
  9. John W. Hoopes
    Pages 100-115
  10. Richard Macneish
    Pages 116-128
  11. Peter van Rossum
    Pages 129-146
  12. Evan Engwall
    Pages 147-154
  13. Thomas P. Myers
    Pages 155-196
  14. Richard Cooke
    Pages 197-203
  15. Christopher Pool
    Pages 204-215
  16. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 216-217
  17. Sarah Berry, Leon Doyon
    Pages 218-220
  18. John M. Weeks
    Pages 221-238
  19. John W. Hoopes
    Pages 239-256
  20. Laura Finsten
    Pages 257-267
  21. Evan Engwall
    Pages 268-291
  22. Harry Iceland, Thomas Hester
    Pages 292-302
  23. Karen E. Stothert
    Pages 303-327
  24. Frederick Lange
    Pages 328-345
  25. R. Sergio Herrera
    Pages 346-350
  26. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 351-352
  27. Robert Fry
    Pages 353-360
  28. Gary Feinman
    Pages 361-377
  29. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 378-380
  30. Richard Blanton
    Pages 381-392
  31. Paul R. Fish
    Pages 393-396
  32. Phil C. Weigand
    Pages 397-415
  33. Helen Pollard
    Pages 416-435
  34. Back Matter
    Pages 437-462

About this book


The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents temporal dimension. Major traditions are an attempt to provide basic information also defined by a somewhat different set of on all archaeologically known cultures, sociocultural characteristics than are eth­ covering the entire globe and the entire nological cultures. Major traditions are prehistory of humankind. It is designed as defined based on common subsistence a tool to assist in doing comparative practices, sociopolitical organization, and research on the peoples of the past. Most material industries, but language, ideology, of the entries are written by the world's and kinship ties play little or no part in foremost experts on the particular areas their definition because they are virtually and time periods. unrecoverable from archaeological con­ The Encyclopedia is organized accord­ texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and ing to major traditions. A major tradition kinship ties are central to defining ethno­ is defined as a group of populations sharing logical cultures. similar subsistence practices, technology, There are three types of entries in the and forms of sociopolitical organization, Encyclopedia: the major tradition entry, which are spatially contiguous over a rela­ the regional subtradition entry, and the tively large area and which endure tempo­ site entry. Each contains different types of rally for a relatively long period. Minimal information, and each is intended to be areal coverage for a major tradition can used in a different way.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Peregrine
    • 1
  • Melvin Ember
    • 2
  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA
  2. 2.Human Relations Area Files/Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Human Relations Area Files, Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7132-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0525-9
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