- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Questioning the Past in North America
- Hunter-Gatherer Theory in North American Archaeology
- Bone Lickers, Grave Diggers, and Other Unsavory Characters: Archaeologists, Archaeological Cultures, and the Disconnect from Native Peoples
- Historical Archaeology and Native Agency across the Spanish Borderlands
- Some Commonalities Linking North America and Mesoamerica
- The North American <i>Oikoumene</i>
- People, Plants, and Culinary Traditions
- Early Paleoindians, from Colonization to Folsom
- Pleistocene Settlement in the East
- Archaeological Histories and Cultural Processes
- Arctic and Subarctic
- The West
- Foundations for the Far West: Paleoindian Cultures on the Western Fringe of North America
- Archaeology of the Northwest Coast
- The Winter Village Pattern on the Plateau of Northwestern North America
- Great Basin Foraging Strategies
- The Evolution of Social Organization, Settlement Patterns, and Population Densities in Prehistoric Owens Valley
- Mound Building by California Hunter-Gatherers
- Diversity, Exchange, and Complexity in the California Bight
- Archaeologies of Colonial Reduction and Cultural Production in Native Northern California
- Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Seaboard
- Plains and Upper Midwest
- Midsouth and Southeast
- Greater Southwest and Northern Mexico
Abstract and Keywords
Complex hunters and gatherers have been a major research focus for anthropologists and archaeologists throughout the world. From the deserts of the Natufian Middle East and the bogs of Mesolithic Denmark to the fjords of the Northwest Coast of North America, researchers have theorized as to the evolutionary processes that might have generated sedentary, socially ranked, hunting and gathering societies. The Northwest Coast of North America has been the anthropological hallmark for complexity and the center of this debate because it is one of the few places where politically complex hunters and gatherers evolved and then survived to historic contact, to be recorded by explorers, missionaries, and photographers.
Herbert D. G. Maschner is Anthropology Research Professor and Director of the Idaho State University Center for Archaeology, Materials, and Applied Spectroscopy, University of Idaho.
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