Archaeology without Borders

Contact, Commerce, and Change in the U.S. Southwest and Northwestern Mexico

edited by Maxine E. McBrinn and Laurie D. Webster

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Proceedings of the 2004 Southwest Symposium

"A solid, useful volume and an excellent survey of current archaeology in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico."
—Stephen H. Lekson, Cambridge Archaeological Journal


Archaeology without Borders presents new research by leading US and Mexican scholars and explores the impacts on archaeology of the border between the United States and Mexico. Including data previously not readily available to English-speaking readers, the twenty-four essays discuss early agricultural adaptations in the region and groundbreaking archaeological research on social identity and cultural landscapes, as well as economic and social interactions within the area now encompassed by northern Mexico and the US Southwest.

Contributors examining early agriculture offer models for understanding the transition to agriculture, explore relationships between the spread of agriculture and Uto-Aztecan migrations, and present data from Arizona, New Mexico, and Chihuahua. Contributors focusing on social identity discuss migration, enculturation, social boundaries, and ethnic identities. They draw on case studies that include diverse artifact classes—rock art, lithics, architecture, murals, ceramics, cordage, sandals, baskets, faunal remains, and oral histories. Mexican scholars present data from Chihuahua, Durango, Zacatecas, Michoacan, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon. They address topics including Spanish-indigenous conflicts, archaeological history, cultural landscapes, and interactions among Mesoamerica, northern Mexico, and the US Southwest.

Contributors: Karen R. Adams, M. Nicolá­s Caretta, Patricia Carot, John Carpenter, Jeffery Clark, Linda S. Cordell, William E. Doolittle, Suzanne L. Eckert, Gayle J. Fritz, Eduardo Gamboa Carrera, Leticia González Arratia, Arturo Guevara Sá­nchez, Robert J. Hard, Kelly Hays-Gilpin, Marie-Areti Hers, Amber L. Johnson, Steven A. LeBlanc, Patrick Lyons, Jonathan B. Mabry, A. C. MacWilliams, Federico Mancera, Maxine E. McBrinn, Francisco Mendiola Galván, William L. Merrill, Martha Monzáün Flores, Scott G. Ortman, John R. Roney, Guadalupe Sanchez de Carpenter, Moisás Valadez Moreno, Bradley J. Vierra, Laurie D. Webster, Phil C. Weigand


Maxine E. McBrinn is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Laurie D. Webster is a visiting scholar in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

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  • Hardcover Price: $74.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-87081-889-9
  • Ebook Price: $58.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $27.50
  • EISBN: 978-0-87081-974-2
  • Pages: 400
  • Illustrations: 14 b/w photos, 28 line drawings, 13 maps, 15 table
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  • Author: edited by Maxine E. McBrinn and Laurie D. Webster
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