By David R. Abbott
New information from significant excavations in Phoenix, besides the fact that, recommend that little used to be "classic" in regards to the vintage interval at Pueblo Grande. those findings problem perspectives of Hohokam society that prevailed for many of the 20 th century, suggesting that for Pueblo Grande it was once a time of decline instead of prosperity, a time marked through overpopulation, environmental degradation, source scarcity, terrible healthiness, and social disintegration. in this interval, the Hohokam within the decrease Salt River Valley started a precipitous slide towards the eventual abandonment of a native land they had occupied for multiple thousand years.
This quantity is a long-awaited precis of 1 of an important data-recovery tasks in Southwest archaeology, synthesizing millions of pages of information and textual content released in seven volumes of agreement reviews. The authors—all major specialists in Hohokam archaeology who performed fundamental roles during this revolution of understanding—here craft a compelling argument for the eventual cave in of Hohokam society within the past due fourteenth century as visible from one of many greatest and probably such a lot influential irrigation groups alongside the reduce Salt River.
Drawing on super huge and well-preserved collections, the booklet finds startling proof of a society in decline as mirrored in catchment research, archaeofaunal assemblage composition, skeletal reports, burial assemblages, artifact trade, and ceramic construction. the amount additionally encompasses a helpful new precis of the archival reconstruction of the architectural series for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.
With its wealth of information, interpretation, and synthesis, Centuries of Decline represents a milestone in our figuring out of Hohokam tradition. it's a key reference for Southwest archaeologists who search to appreciate the Hohokam cave in and a benchmark for an individual attracted to the prehistory of Arizona.
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Centuries of Decline during the Hohokam Classic Period at Pueblo Grande by David R. Abbott