Handbook of South American Archaeology

Editors: Silverman, Helaine, Isbell, William (Eds.)

    • The most comprehensive coverage of the South American continent
    • The biggest names in South American archaeology and anthropology from around the globe
    • Organized to bring researchers of specific areas to awareness of other cultures and histories of the continent
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About this book

Handbook of South American Archaeology
Edited by
Helaine Silverman
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

and

William H. Isbell
State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, USA

The Handbook of South American Archaeology has been created as a major reference work for archaeologists working in South America, professors and their upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in South American archaeology courses including areal courses (Central Andes, North Andes, tropical lowlands), archaeologists working elsewhere in the world who want to learn about South American prehistory in a single volume. 

The contributions of this seminal handbook have been commissioned from leading local and global authorities on South America. Authors present the dynamic evolutionary processes of the ancient societies and principal geographical regions of the continent and consider issues such as environmental setting and ecological adaptations, social equality/inequality, identity formation, long-distance/intercultural interaction, religious systems and their material manifestations, ideological orientations, and political and economic organization as these developed over time.

The volume is organized thematically to promote and facilitate geographical comparisons, notably between the Andes and greater Amazonia. The bibliography section of each chapter is a valuable research tool in itself for readers wishing to delve deeper into the particular topics under consideration. Of particular merit and originality is the final section dealing with the ethics and practice of archaeology in South America today with each contribution written by a local scholar.

This edited work presents long-term research results while simultaneously highlighting the most exciting new research and greatest archaeological problems recently resolved or still awaiting solution. Chapters are written in accessible language and each contribution includes maps and many other figures and photographs to illustrate the text.

Handbook of South American Archaeology belongs on the bookshelf of every archaeologists working or living in South American but also will be of interest to those who study larger anthropological issues - such as cultural adaptation and state formation - in the prehistoric and historic periods.

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Aus den Rezensionen: “Mit dem vorliegenden Handbuch (HSAA) bekommt der Leser nicht nur ein besonders umfangreiches und schweres Werk in die Hand. Auch inhaltlich hat das Buch eine Menge zu bieten. ... Eine umfangreiche Bibliografie am Ende jedes Beitrages zeigt dem Leser, wo er weitere und ausführliche Informationen finden kann. ... Ziel ist eine fundierte archäologische Information für ausgewählte Gesellschaften und Regionen. ... Die einzelnen Beiträge selbst sind sehr informativ, bieten einen aktuellen Forschungsstand und weisen zahlreiche Abbildungen, Karten und Fotos ...“ (in: Amerindian Research, 2009, Vol. 474, Issue 14, S. 258 f.)

Table of contents (59 chapters)

  • Continental Introduction

    Silverman, Helaine

    Pages 3-26

  • Profiles in Pleistocene History

    Dillehay, Tom D.

    Pages 29-43

  • Chinchorro Culture: Pioneers of the Coast of the Atacama Desert

    Arriaza, Bernardo T. (et al.)

    Pages 45-58

  • Early Occupations in the Southern Cone

    Borrero, Luis Alberto

    Pages 59-77

  • The Process of Sedentism in Northwestern South America

    Raymond, J. Scott

    Pages 79-90

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Hardcover $239.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-387-75228-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of South American Archaeology
Editors
  • Helaine Silverman
  • William Isbell
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74907-5
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74907-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-74906-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-75228-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
LII, 1192
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