Migration and Ethnicity in Middle Range Societies


A View from the Southwest

Author Tammy Stone focuses on a number of general deliberations on the archaeology of middle-range society and the prehistory of the American Southwest. This includes the complex dynamics of migration, identity, ethnic interaction, and the ability of archaeologists to identify these patterns in the archaeological record. The integration and ultimate expulsion of a group of Kayenta Anasazi at Point of Pines Pueblo in the Mogollon Highlands of east-central Arizona provides a case study and location where these themes played out. Stone uses a detailed architectural analysis of the pueblo to attain a nuanced and dynamic understanding of migration from the perspective of both the Kayenta migrants and their Mogollon hosts. By examining the choices that individuals, families, and small groups made about identity and alliance from the perspective of both the migrants and host community—the latter being an aspect often missing from analyses of migration—this volume provides never-before-published data on Point of Pines Pueblo and contributes considerably to the study of community dynamics at large. 


Tammy Stone is a professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver. She has published numerous articles and three books, including The Prehistory of Colorado and Adjacent Areas (University of Utah Press, 1999). 


Praise and Reviews:

“A significant contribution to the literature on Southwest prehistory that will also be of use to archaeologists working in other parts of the world where migrations occurred.”
—Barbara Roth, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 



“Stone is to be commended for bringing the archaeology of Point of Pines Pueblo to the attention of a wider audience. Parsing the social, spatial, and temporal complexities of small-scale population movements in middle-range societies is no small challenge; well-documented case studies like Point of Pines Pueblo offer unusually detailed windows into these past events.”—Journal of Anthropological Research
 

“Stone’s perspective on the importance of social, spatial, and temporal distance and her emphasis on host-migration interactions in particular should inspire new research to better understand the drivers of social change or continuity in contexts of migration using a diverse array of material cultural data.”—American Antiquity