Centuries of Decline during the Hohokam Classic Period at by David R. Abbott

By David R. Abbott

In the prehispanic Southwest, Pueblo Grande was once the positioning of the most important platform mound within the Phoenix basin and the main politically famous village within the zone. It has lengthy been held to symbolize the apex of Hohokam tradition that designates the vintage period.

New info from significant excavations in Phoenix, although, recommend that little was once "classic" in regards to the vintage interval at Pueblo Grande. those findings problem perspectives of Hohokam society that prevailed for many of the 20th century, suggesting that for Pueblo Grande it was once a time of decline instead of prosperity, a time marked via overpopulation, environmental degradation, source scarcity, terrible health and wellbeing, and social disintegration. in this interval, the Hohokam within the reduce Salt River Valley all started a precipitous slide towards the eventual abandonment of a fatherland they'd occupied for multiple thousand years.

This quantity is a long-awaited precis of 1 of an important data-recovery tasks in Southwest archaeology, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of pages of information and textual content released in seven volumes of agreement experiences. The authors—all major specialists in Hohokam archaeology who performed fundamental roles during this revolution of understanding—here craft a compelling argument for the eventual cave in of Hohokam society within the overdue fourteenth century as noticeable from one of many greatest and probably such a lot influential irrigation groups alongside the decrease Salt River.

Drawing on super huge and well-preserved collections, the ebook finds startling proof of a society in decline as mirrored in catchment research, archaeofaunal assemblage composition, skeletal stories, burial assemblages, artifact alternate, and ceramic construction. the quantity additionally encompasses a worthwhile new precis of the archival reconstruction of the architectural series for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.

With its wealth of information, interpretation, and synthesis, Centuries of Decline represents a milestone in our realizing of Hohokam tradition. it's a key reference for Southwest archaeologists who search to appreciate the Hohokam cave in and a benchmark for a person attracted to the prehistory of Arizona.

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