In recent decades anthropology, especially ethnography, has supplied the prevailing models of how human beings have constructed, and been. Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions. Timothy R. Pauketat. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD. xii + pp. $70 (cloth), ISBN Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions has 23 ratings and 2 reviews. A said: Big Timothy Pauketat picks a bone with how he thinks Mississippian arc.

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Although this writing is very different, the effect is similar to that of poststructuralism on my brain. Science and the neo-evolutionists argue — that historical societies can be understood with reference to abstract concepts absent understanding of the various socio-political contexts which shaped and were shaped by them?

Who labored on a particular pyramid, when, and why? Yes, institutions are always-already becoming. Thezu is currently reading it Apr 18, Pauketat is taking American archaeology in exciting new directions.

Any archaeologist interested in North American archaeology or in the exploration of complex societies needs to read this book.

Misha added it Dec 25, Her advisor is concerned that this isn’t testable and that she stick to “the environmental risks that clearly must have underwritten every Mississippian economy” Cites Agency in Archaeolgy and Companion to Scoial Archaeolgy as influential.

This book is really interesting! Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Pay no attention to migrations, ethnic cleansing, world wars, and the unequal accumulation of economic capital. Item s unavailable for purchase. Louis north into Wisconsin. It would enliven a seminar class on complexity, archaeological theory, or North American archaeology.


Jamie rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Native history in North America was far grander, far more interestingthan old textbooks allow. Oct 12, A rated it really liked it. In lively, engaging, and informed prose, Timothy Pauketat debunks much of this social-evolutionary theorizing about human development, as he ponders the evidence of ‘chiefdoms’ left behind by the Mississippian culture of the American southern heartland.

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Instead of looking to check off the attributes of institutions or organizations—were there palaces, royal tombs, writing? Jack marked it as to-read Jun 20, He mentions dual-processualism and historical processualism, and contrasts these with “evolutionist” perspectives, but I confess that the distinctions were never clear to me –though it was clear they were immensely important to the internal politics among academic archaeologists — which in terms of whether it’s a difference that makes a difference, perhaps enough said.

And yet, in a similar way, I keep reading because it just feels as if something important is being conveyed, if only I could figure out what it is. Professor Pauketat is interested in the study of ancient religion and urbanism, and has been excavating the pre-Columbian colonies and pilgrimage sites of the Cahoki Tim Pauketat is an archaeologist and professor of Anthropology and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Pauketat argues against the ways social-evolutionary theory is used in archaeology in the Southeastern US and beyond.


He mentions dual-processualism and historical processualism, and contrasts these with “evolutionist” perspectives, but I confess that the distinctions were never clear to me –though it was clear they were immens Pauketat is clearly exercised about something here, but I have to say that for a non-archaeologist, it’s a little unclear what that might be.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 19, Jonna Higgins-Freese rated it really liked it. Science’s argument that we can’t prove people moved from one place to another, carrying their ideas, without plane tickets?

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