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California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

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Some forty scholars examine California's prehistory and archaeology, looking at marine and terrestrial palaeoenvironments, initial human colonization, linguistic prehistory, early forms of exchange, mitochondrial DNA studies, and rock art. This work is the most extensive study of California's prehistory undertaken in the past 20 years. An essential resource for any scholar of California prehistory and archaeology

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759119604
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 04/16/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terry L. Jones is an archaeologist at California Polytechnic University, San Luis, Obispo. Kathryn A. Klar is a linguist at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Archaeological Progress since 1984 Chapter 2 Late Pleistocene and Holocene Environments Chapter 3 Post-glacial Evolution of Coastal Environments Chapter 4 One if by Land, Two if by Sea: Who Were the First Californians? Chapter 5 Colonization Technologies: Fluted Projectile Points and the San Clemente Island Woodworking/Microblade Complex Chapter 6 Linguistic Prehistory Chapter 7 Northwest California: Ancient Lifeways Among Forested Mountains, Flowing Rivers, and Rocky Ocean Shores Chapter 8 Punctuated Culture Change in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 9 The Central Coast: A Mid-Latitude Milieu Chapter 10 The Central Valley: A View from the Catbird's Seat Chapter 11 Models Made of Glass: A Prehistory of Northeast California Chapter 12 The Sierra Nevada: Archaeology in the Range of Light Chapter 13 Prehistory of the Northern California Bight and the Adjacent Transverse Ranges Chapter 14 Prehistory of the Southern Bight: Models for a New Millennium Chapter 15 Advances in Understanding Mojave Desert Prehistory Chapter 16 The Colorado Desert: Ancient Adaptations to Wetlands and Wastelands Chapter 17 Prehistoric Material Conveyance Chapter 18 Rock Art in the Golden State: Pictographs and Petroglyphs, Portable and Panoramic Chapter 19 Prehistoric Mitochondrial DNA and Population Movements Chapter 20 Colonization, Culture and Complexity 21 References

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