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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $65.00
  • December 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29360-7
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Ancient North America

The Archaeology of a Continent

Fifth Edition

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Brian M. Fagan (Author)

 

The new gold standard in North American archaeology

This highly anticipated revision delivers thoroughly updated coverage of sites and discoveries in a new, streamlined format. While retaining Brian Fagan’s hallmark, story-telling style, the Fifth Edition provides new features that engage and enlighten. “Enduring Theme” sections add to the region-by-region organization, helping students make connections across the American continent and among Native American cultures. And because of judicious streamlining, the book is more readable and 25% briefer.

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Publication date for instructor exam copies:January 2019

On-sale date for student copies and accompanying resources: June 2019

New themes that connect regions and cultures

While retaining a regional organization, the Fifth Edition introduces four new “Enduring Theme” essays that address large-scale developments across the continent. Found at the end of each Part Introduction, they illuminate connections between the regions and cultures addressed in the chapters that follow. These themes are then traced through regional chapters in special features.

Still authoritative, up-to-date, and more accessible than ever

In response to instructor feedback, Fagan carefully edited the text, providing a shorter, more teachable overview of ancient North America. This was done without reducing the book’s comprehensive scope, and with newly updated discoveries and approaches. Trimmed by 150 pages, the book is now easier to read within the span of a semester.

More diverse coverage of historical archaeology

Brian Fagan applies his engaging approach and storytelling to show how archaeology can contribute to recent history. For example, in the new chapter called “Unmasking the Anonymous,” Fagan goes into detail about how archaeology can give a voice to those often underrepresented in history, and offers a more current overview of American history.

    PART ONE:STUDYING NORTH AMERICA’S REMOTER PAST

    Chapter 1. Archaeology and Ancient North America


    PART TWO: WHO WERE THE FIRST AMERICANS?

    Enduring Theme

    Chapter 2. First Settlement

    Chapter 3. After Clovis


    PART THREE: ADAPTATION AND DIVERSITY

    Enduring Theme

    Chapter 4. The Far North

    Chapter 5. The Mythical Pacific Eden

    Chapter 6. Arid Lands in the West

    Chapter 7. People of the Plains

    Chapter 8. The Eastern Woodlands

    Chapter 9. Before the Pueblos


    PART FOUR: APOGEE

    Enduring Theme

    Chapter 10. Pueblo Climax

    Chapter 11. Adena and Hopewell

    Chapter 12. Mississippian and Calusa

    Chapter 13. Algonquians and Iroquoians


    PART FIVE: CONTACT AND CONSEQUENCES

    Enduring Theme

    Chapter 14. Entrada

    Chapter 15. Colonists, Borderlands, and Missionaries

    Chapter 16.Unmasking the Anonymous

    Chapter 17.What’s Next?