California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity

by Terry L. Jones, Kathryn A. Klar

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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!

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ISBN-13: 9780759113749
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 07/16/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 408
File size: 13 MB
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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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