- The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology
- List of Contributors
- The Discipline of Archaeology
- The Formative Century, 1860–1960
- The Theoretical Scene, 1960–2000
- Into the Future
- Measuring the Passage of Time: Achievements and Challenges in Archaeological Dating
- Human Activity in a Spatial Context
- Data Collection by Excavation
- Mastering Materials
- The Nature of Humanness
- Early Hominids
- The Emergence of <i>Homo</i> Sapiens Sapiens
- The Neanderthals
- Peopling the World
- Hunters and Gatherers
- Early Farming and Domestication
- Studying Human Diet
- Cultural Complexity
- Trade and Interaction
- China: State Formation and Urbanization
- The Central Andean Region in Prehistory
- The Mediterranean and its Hinterland
- The Archaeology of Sub-Saharan Africa
- Pre-Islamic Central Asia
- The Circumpolar Zone
- East Asia
- The Pacific Islands
- North America
- South American Archaeology
- Indigenous Voices, Archaeology, and the Issue of Repatriation
- Sex and Gender
- Archaeological Representation: the Consumption and Creation of the Past
- Community Archaeology
- Subject Index
- Index of Personal Names: Includes all referenced authors.
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the archaeology of North America. It highlights the variability in North American Native American cultures, ethnic groups, and languages and discusses anthropologists' attempts to order this variability through the notion of culture areas, a widely used concept that employed a number of criteria to group societies assumed to have a shared history of interaction and adaptation. It evaluates the impact of the arrival of Europeans on North American shores and provides an overview of North American archaeology without mention of the history of Native American and Euro-American interaction.
Charles R. Cobb is Professor and Director, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina.
Randall H. McGuire is Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University.
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