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Climate and Culture Change in North America AD 900-1600 (Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series) Paperback – May 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292737610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292737617
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Climate and Culture Change in North America AD 900-1600 is an ambitious synthesis of archaeological and historical evidence concerning the effects of climate on human societies...The book is suitable for a range of audiences and I think it could make a good text for a course on climate and culture change or one on North American archaeology...The book deserves to be read as a beginning point for a long, thoughtful discussion about climate and culture change in North America and is a welcome addition to the literature on the subject. (Staff The Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 2013-05-01)

About the Author

An award-winning historian and fellow of the Texas State Historical Association, William C. Foster is the author of Historic Native Peoples of Texas and Spanish Expeditions into Texas, 1689–1768 and editor of Texas and Northeastern Mexico, 1630–1690 by Juan Bautista Chapa.

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Anthropologists in the United States have a tendency to focus on specific Native American cultures and periods without looking at the "big picture" of what was happening in North America as a whole. They also tend to only communicate within their own circles of colleagues. Foster's book is a very useful effort to present a "big picture" of the culture and climatic changes in North America.

My only negative comment would be that Foster fell into the trap of geocentric thinking that we see in American anthropologists. The book provides detailed information about the Four Corners area of the Southwest, but only sketchy info about the Southeast, where there were vastly more Native Americans living. He completely left out major town sites and cultural centers in order to present a simplistic image that would seem to conform to events in the Four Corners region. There were large mounds and permanent agricultural villages & towns in Georgia & Florida before agriculture even arrived in the Southwest. The mounds and Mississippian cultural traits of the massive 12 mile long Ocmulgee Conurbation in central Georgia appeared 150 years before they appeared at Cahokia. Large towns in the Southeast were thriving at the same time that the Anasazi were collapsing.

Still an excellent reference for those interesting in Native American cultures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond G. Mueller on May 29, 2013
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Good summary of the topic and the scholarly literature; neat thesis; a bit wordy. The friend who referred me to this book also got a lot out of it--I'm a professional archaeologist, friend is an enthused amateur.
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I found this an interesting book about America before Columbus, and if you have an interest in this area it may interest you.

Obviously there are no written records, so the author is looking at what can be found from archeology. He works on the American Southwest, even thought he does not say so directly.

I was interested in the affect of climate during the years covered, as it is the Medieval warming period in Europe, and the information in this book would seem to indicate that the climate in the American southwest tracked the European Medieval warming period. I am an interested amateur.
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Interesting presentation of how natural climate change affects human life
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