EBOOK Ì EPUB Ancient North America ä 9780500285329 ò BRIAN M FAGAN

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EBOOK Ì EPUB Ancient North America ä 9780500285329 ò BRIAN M. FAGAN ò Brian Fagan one of the foremost living archaeological writers and an authority on world prehistory has completely revised and updated his definitive synthesis of North America's ancient past The book offers a balanced summaHe continent in its wider context in human prehistory Lavish illustrations many new to the fourth edition draw on North America's rich ethnographic record to illustrate key sites and artifacts The chapter on first settlement has been heavily revised in light of new discoveries in Si All you ever wanted to know about ancient North America and much In incredible detail with pictures and drawings I'm afraid I couldn't stick it out to the end but I learned a lot anyway

Brian M. Fagan ´ Ancient North America TEXT

Beria and the Americas and current controversies are surveyed Chapters on archaeological theory the Great Basin the Northeast the Northwest and the Archaeology of European Contact reflect major advances and important new discoveries and scientific methodologies receive full coverage Ugh I don’t know why but I’ve never liked US history Some but mostly not Thus I was not excited for this textbook in the first place Reading it did not change my attitude I did not enjoy this book It was too dry and full of information I am not particularly interested in This is my opinion The book was very comprehensive so if you would like to learn details on North American prehistoric cultures this is a good informational book There was once when I was reading the chapter on the Mississippian cultures and listening to Fire the Sky in the same week and I had a sort of epiphany The culture I was learning about was similar to the culture I was listening to for the historical fiction book That made it real for me and I began to enjoy the topic for about five minutes Then the dryness of the book got to me again It just wasn’t for me I gave it a three star because it does have a lot of good information

MOBI ´ Ancient North America ´ Brian M. Fagan

Ancient North AmericaBrian Fagan one of the foremost living archaeological writers and an authority on world prehistory has completely revised and updated his definitive synthesis of North America's ancient past The book offers a balanced summary of every major culture area in North America and places t In short Good maps pictures Focus is on hard evidence projectiles and such Super dry uite a bit on methodological approaches used in the presentation of the material Seems to be wide ranging interpretive theories which struck me as being all over the map with considerable liberties taken based on limited evidence Fagan asserts but then than often ualifies suggesting significant uncertaintyThroughout the book Fagan states that all hunter gatherers were egalitarian which he defines as authority based on experience and personal ualities and not political power Other than several references to evidence from various burial practices and trade in exotic goods that indicate rank and hierarchy it is surprising that Fagan doesn't discuss thoroughly the basis for such a generalization especially when many places in his text indicate otherwise For example Fagan makes many references to a great diversity among the various Indian cultures which includes those of the hunter gatherer era that suggest the possibility that each band or tribe and the larger associations of such groupings had to figure out how to reconcile the issue of conflicting personal freedoms and exertions of power Theoretically unless there's a presumption that all of human nature is benign like Rousseau thought and that it was environmental influence eg surplus that corrupts humankind it's not clear why there would not have been great variation in the way these issues were handled And after raising a uestion about whether Southwestern farming villages ie not hunter gatherer were far less egalitarian than often thought because of long distance exchange of essentials and luxuries by farming cultures usually results in some form of ranked society Fagan then states generally that whether Archaic or even Paleo Indian societies were ranked is a matter of on going debate As the paleo Indian era is generally thought to be 8000 years ago and as Archaic cultures and its boundary with the paleo Indian era is often impossible to draw hunted and presumably gathered too though they placed greater evidence on plant foods it seems hard to reconcile this with his egalitarian characterization Also throughout the text Fagan references early North American Indian as being based on kin relations and reciprocity and that this is further evidence of egalitarianism Whether families were eual in a fundamental sense women children vis a vis men and among kindred men themselves and whether all of these early groups practiced reciprocity versus some did some did not also seems uestionable As a final comment it's a bit strange that a book on Ancient North America opens up with a discussion of Western Discovery Chapter 1 Fagan ends his book with a discussion of Indian cultures after European contact He admits that this is still little understood but then goes on to focus on the Southeast where he says systematic research into the interests between the Spaniard and the American Indian has been most intense Given the heavy Spanish involvement in the Southwest and the little attention given to this area in US history books I wondered whether Fagan gave the Southwest short shrift