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The neighbors of Casas Grandes : excavating medio period communities of northwest Chihuahua, Mexico / Michael E. Whalen and Paul E. Minnis.

By: Whalen, Michael E.
Contributor(s): Minnis, Paul E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2009Description: xvii, 295 p. : ill., 1 map, plans ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780816527601; 0816527601.Subject(s): Casas Grandes Region (Mexico) -- Antiquities | Indians of Mexico -- Mexico -- Casas Grandes Region -- Antiquities | Excavations (Archaeology) -- Mexico -- Casas Grandes Region | Indian pottery -- Mexico -- Casas Grandes Region | Pottery, Prehistoric -- Mexico -- Casas Grandes RegionDDC classification: 972/.16 LOC classification: F1219.1.C3 | W533 2009
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-290) and index.

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In 1974, Charles C. Di Peso published his monumental eight-volume treatise on the archaeology and culture history of Casas Grandes (Casas Grandes: A Fallen Trading Center of the Gran Chichimeca, vols. 1-3, CH, Sep'75). His contribution soon proved to be a boon to the prehistory of the north Mexican frontier. Nevertheless, Casas Grandes continues to raise many more questions than Di Peso resolved at publication. Whalen (Univ. of Tulsa) and Minnis (Univ. of Oklahoma) effectively raise the bar in this extraordinary study that goes far to resolve questions of polity, economy, and community patterning long left unanswered at Casas Grandes. The authors present an exciting, insight-filled, interdisciplinary analysis that draws on only the very best of what southwestern and Mesoamerican archaeology have to offer. Their thoroughgoing assessment of regional settlement patterns, community complexity, site-specific chronologies, ceramic seriation, use wear, lithics and faunal analysis, and exotic and ritual paraphernalia constitutes a prime exemplar for best practice in the use of a formidable methodological approach and interpretive framework with which to assess the nature and complexity of the Casas Grandes polity and, by extension, the archaeology of Mesoamerica and the US Southwest. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. G. Mendoza California State University, Monterey Bay

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Michael E. Whalen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. Paul E. Minnis is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma.

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