This book examines current archaeological approaches for studying the organizational structure of prehistoric societies in the American Southwest. It presents the historical background of the divergent theoretical models that have been used to interpret Southwestern socio-political organizations.

section Section 1|30 pages


chapter 1|28 pages

Complex Societies in the Prehistoric American Southwest: A Consideration of the Controversy

ByKent G. Lightfoot, Steadman Upham

section Section 2|95 pages

Historical Foundations and Theoretical Approaches

section Section 3|69 pages

Exchange and Sociopolitical Relations

section Section 4|384 pages

Southwestern Case Studies

chapter 8|37 pages

A Regional Perspective on Hohokam Irrigation in the Lower Salt River Valley, Arizona

ByLinda M. Nicholas, Gary M. Feinman

chapter 9|31 pages

Differentiation and Integration in a Tucson Basin Classic Period Hohokam Community

BySuzanne K. Fish, Paul R. Fish, John Madsen

chapter 10|37 pages

The Casas Grandes Polity in the International Four Corners

ByPaul E. Minnis

chapter 15|44 pages

The Chronologies of Nuvakwewtaqa: Implications for Social Processes

BySteadman Upham, Gail M. Bockley

chapter 16|18 pages

The Evolution of the Kayenta Regional System

ByJonathan Haas

chapter 18|24 pages

Virgin Anasazi Sociopolitical Organization, a.d. 1 to 1150

ByKevin Rafferty

section Section 5|13 pages

Concluding Thoughts

chapter 19|11 pages

The Sociopolitical Structure of Prehistoric Southwestern Societies: Concluding Thoughts

ByKent G. Lightfoot, Steadman Upham