Diverse spatial and temporal contexts in two culture areas--Mesoamerica and the Greater Southwest--serve as backdrops for nine chapters in which fourteen contributors show how place is an ideal starting point to begin unraveling the human past. Several authors further address the enduring significance of places of the past for contemporary peoples. Among the many strengths of this volume is the careful way in which powerful concepts, diverse lines of thought, and empirical models are integrated to reveal the multiple facets of meaningful places, and to illustrate ways in which places may be approached archaeologically, theoretically, and culturally. Ultimately, the book’s contributors champion the notion that place is a valid and useful analytical unit for describing, reconstructing, interpreting, and explaining the form, structure, and temporality of the meanings humans ascribe to their environment.
María Nieves Zedeño is associate research anthropologist at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Sourcing Prehistoric Ceramics at Chodistaas Pueblo, Arizona: The Circulation of People and Pots in the Grasshopper Region.
Praise and Reviews:
"The Archaeology of Meaningful Places is informative, thought provoking, and inspiring, a combination that is much too rare in archaeological writing. The authors challenged me to broaden my perspectives and to reconsider what I thought I already knew.”—Kurt F. Anschuetz, Rio Grande Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico