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International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series
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Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast
Edited by Elizabeth A. Sobel, D. Ann Trieu Gahr, and Kenneth A. Ames
285 pages, illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-87962-139-8 $180.00/£128.00 Hb Published (July 2016)
ISBN 978-1-87962-138-1 $59.95/£43.00 Pb Published (July 2016)
eISBN 978-1-78920-178-9 eBook
“This volume represents an unprecedented collection of NWC household data presented in well-written and informative papers. The authors persuasively demonstrate the utility of the household as an analytical unit for interpreting past social dynamics in the region… it is an indispensable volume for anyone interested in NWC households and the intriguing research directed at understanding these complex and ancient social institutions.” • Chris Springer, The Midden
“If you are interested in household archaeology, this is an important volume to have on your bookshelf.” • R.G. Matson, Canadian Journal of Archaeology
Since the late 1970s, household archaeology has become a key theoretical and methodological framework for research on the development of permanent social inequality and complexity, as well as for understanding the social, political and economic organization of chiefdoms and states. This volume is the cumulative result of more than a decade of research focusing on household archaeology as a means to gain understanding of the evolution of social complexity, regardless of underlying economy.
Elizabeth A. Sobel is a Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Missouri State University.
D. Ann Trieu Gahr is an author/researcher in archaeology.
Kenneth A. Ames is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University.
Area: North America
List of Contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction
D. Ann Trieu Gahr, Elizabeth A. Sobel, Kenneth M. Ames
Chapter 2. Thinking about Household Archaeology on the Northwest Coast
Kenneth M. Ames
Chapter 3. Houses and Domestication on the Northwest Coast
Chapter 4. Architects to Ancestors: The Life Cycle of Plankhouses
D. Ann Trieu Gahr
Chapter 5. A Chief’s House Speaks: Communicating Power on the Northern Northwest Coast
Chapter 6. Temporality in Northwest Coast Households
Chapter 7. Of a more Temporary Cast: Household Production at the Broken Tops Site
David V. Ellis
Chapter 8. The Tsimshian Household through the Contact Period
Chapter 9. Household Prestige and Exchange in Northwest Coast Societies: A Case Study from the Lower Columbia River Valley
Elizabeth A. Sobel
Chapter 10. Households at Ozette
Stephan R. Samuels
Chapter 11. Formation Processes of a Lower Columbia River Plankhouse Site
Cameron McPherson Smith
Chapter 12. Households and Production on the Pacific Coast: The Northwest Coast and California in Comparative Perspective
Jeanne E. Arnold
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