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date: 29 February 2020

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Our understanding of the Archaic period in the American Southwest is much greater than before the advent of cultural resource management and mandated environmental impact statements, but it is still understudied. Research on this period relies largely on analyses of stone and bone material remains and has focused on subsistence, technology, and landscape use. Regional patterns, north to south and east to west, differ throughout this period. Increasing numbers of cultural features are being found, now that archaeologists are looking for them. Additionally, broader classes of material culture are being used to examine questions of social identity, ritual practices, gender roles, and other non-economic aspects of life.

Keywords: American Southwest, archaeologysubsistence, social identity, gender, ritual

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