California and Great Basin Olivella Shell Bead Guide


Author: Randall T Milliken,Al W Schwitalla

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131543251X

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

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Olivella shell beads are ubiquitous at Central California Indian sites and were traded far inland by the local inhabitants. Their distinctive patterns of manufacture provide archaeologists with important chronological, morphological, and distributional information. This guide—authored by a professional artifact replicator and an archaeological expert on shell bead typology-- offers a well developed 16-category typology, including the descriptive, temporal, and metric characteristics of each style, illustrated with almost 200 color photographs. Spiral bound to facilitate field and laboratory work, it is an essential tool for conducting archaeology in the American west. Sponsored by the Society for California Archaeology and Pacific Legacy, Inc.

Not Just for Show

The Archaeology of Beads, Beadwork, and Personal Ornaments


Author: Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer,Clive Bonsall,Alice M. Choyke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1785706950

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 1400

Beads, beadwork, and personal ornaments are made of diverse materials such as shell, bone, stones, minerals, and composite materials. Their exploration from geographical and chronological settings around the world offers a glimpse at some of the cutting edge research within the fast growing field of personal ornaments in humanities’ past. Recent studies are based on a variety of analytical procedures that highlight humankind’s technological advances, exchange networks, mortuary practices, and symbol-laden beliefs. Papers discuss the social narratives behind bead and beadwork manufacture, use and disposal; the way beads work visually, audibly and even tactilely to cue wearers and audience to their social message(s). Understanding the entangled social and technical aspects of beads require a broad spectrum of technical and methodological approaches including the identification of the sources for the raw material of beads. These scientific approaches are also combined in some instances with experimentation to clarify the manner in which beads were produced and used in past societies.

Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology


Author: Terry L Jones,Jennifer E Perry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315431645

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

View: 5104

Recent archaeological research on California includes a greater diversity of models and approaches to the region’s past, as older literature on the subject struggles to stay relevant. This comprehensive volume offers an in-depth look at the most recent theoretical and empirical developments in the field including key controversies relevant to the Golden State: coastal colonization, impacts of comets and drought cycles, systems of power, Polynesian contacts, and the role of indigenous peoples in the research process, among others. With a specific emphasis on those aspects of California’s past that resonate with the state’s modern cultural identity, the editors and contributors—all leading figures in California archaeology—seek a new understanding of the myth and mystique of the Golden State.

Island of the Blue Dolphins


Author: Scott O'Dell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395536803

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 184

View: 9966

Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

A time of little choice

the disintegration of tribal culture in the San Francisco Bay area, 1769-1810


Author: Randall Milliken

Publisher: Ballena Pr


Category: History

Page: 364

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Lithic Technological Systems and Evolutionary Theory


Author: Nathan Goodale,William Andrefsky, Jr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316194426

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 1262

Stone tool analysis relies on a strong background in analytical and methodological techniques. However, lithic technological analysis has not been well integrated with a theoretically informed approach to understanding how humans procured, made, and used stone tools. Evolutionary theory has great potential to fill this gap. This collection of essays brings together several different evolutionary perspectives to demonstrate how lithic technological systems are a by-product of human behavior. The essays cover a range of topics, including human behavioral ecology, cultural transmission, phylogenetic analysis, risk management, macroevolution, dual inheritance theory, cladistics, central place foraging, costly signaling, selection, drift, and various applications of evolutionary ecology.

Orderly Anarchy

Sociopolitical Evolution in Aboriginal California


Author: Robert L. Bettinger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520283333

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 6679

"A provocative and innovative reexamination of the trajectory of sociopolitical evolution among Native American groups in California, this book explains the region's prehistorically rich diversity of languages, populations, and environmental adaptations. Ethnographic and archaeological data and evolutionary, economic, and anthropological theory are often presented to explain the evolution of increasing social complexity and inequality. In this account, these same data and theories are employed to argue for an evolving pattern of 'orderly anarchy,' which featured small, inward-looking groups that, having devised a diverse range of ingenious solutions to the many environmental, technological, and social obstacles to resource intensification, were crowded onto what they had turned into the most densely populated landscape in aboriginal North America"--Provided by publishe

The Sandal and the Cave

The Indians of Oregon


Author: Luther Sheeleigh Cressman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 81

View: 5381

An introduction to the prehistory of Oregon Indians written by the man whose 1938 discovery of a 9,000-year-old sandal in Fort Rock Cave revolutionized accepted theories of western prehistory.

The Beads of St. Catherines Island


Author: Elliot H. Blair,Lorann S. A. Pendleton,Peter J. Francis, Jr.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939302151

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 4954

Madam Felix's gold

the story of the Madam Felix Mining District, Calaveras County, California


Author: Willard P. Fuller,Judith Marvin,Julia G. Costello,Calaveras County Historical Society

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 167

View: 9640

Abundant Harvests

The Archaeology of Industry and Agriculture at San Gabriel Mission


Author: John Dietler,Heather Gibson,James M. Potter

Publisher: Swca Environmental Consultants

ISBN: 9781931901345

Category: Excavations (Archaeology)

Page: 449

View: 3624

This book is no longer in print, but is available for download as a free e-book through SWCA, Inc. Mission San Gabriel Arcangél was known as the Pride of the Missions due to its legendary agricultural productivity and its prominence in Southern California as a center of commerce and social interaction during the mission period (1771-1834). This volume, SWCA Anthropological Research Paper No. 11, reports on the first archaeological data recovery undertaken at the mission. Working within the mission's garden area, the study revealed more than 300,000 artifacts and 45 archaeological features, including a large granary, a reservoir complex, and one of the first industrial properties on the West Coast: Chapman's Mill and Millrace. Using archaeological results to critically examine historical narratives, the project examined the economic and social organization of the mission through detailed analyses of the public architecture and everyday materials left behind by Native American residents in the productive heart of the community, including animal bones, plant remains, ceramics, and tools. These studies revealed a dynamic and resilient native population that, despite clear hardships, was well-supplied with domesticated meat and locally gathered plant foods. The architectural remains clearly demonstrate the stepwise process through which a European worldview was molded to the unfamiliar California landscape, where self-taught engineers developed techniques of harnessing water that enabled the population explosion that came to characterize the Los Angeles Basin in succeeding decades. Lavishly illustrated and richly detailed, the volume is a resource for archaeologists, historians, and mission scholars alike.