Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations

Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations

The Economy and Ecology of Maritime Middle America

1st Edition - July 28, 1978

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  • Editors: Barbara L. Stark, Barbara Voorhies
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276366

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Prehistoric Coastal Adaptations: The Economy and Ecology of Maritime Middle America is a compendium of research papers and treatises on Middle American people who lived within coastal habitats. The collection aims to reveal distinctive coastal adaptations and the role of Middle American people in major social transformations. The book discusses topics on the history of occupations of certain coastal sites; correlation of site location to resource procurement patterns; settlement locations and subsistence evidence in the coastal and inland habitats of Costa Rica; and the maritime adaptation and the rise of Maya civilization. The final chapter of the book also discusses the future research directions in the study of Middle American coastal people. The text will be of value to archeologists, anthropologists, historians, ethnologists, and researchers.

Table of Contents


  • Contents

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Preface

    Part I Introduction

    Chapter 1 Previous Research on Nearshore Coastal Adaptations in Middle America

    Introduction

    Beginnings

    Procurement Patterns

    Exchange Patterns

    Settlement Patterns

    References

    Part II Procurement Patterns

    Chapter 2 Use of Dogs for Food: An Adaptation to the Coastal Environment

    Introduction

    Materials and Methods

    Discussion

    References

    Chapter 3 Early Subsistence Patterns along the Pacific Coast of Central Panama

    Introduction

    The Environmental Setting

    Monagrillo

    Zapotal

    Cerro Mangote

    Aguadulce Shelter

    La Cueva de los Ladrones

    Discussion

    Conclusion

    References

    Chapter 4 The Prehistoric and Modern Subsistence Patterns of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua: A Comparison 61

    Introduction

    Modern Subsistence Patterns of the Atlantic Coast

    Archaeological Subsistence Data

    A Precontact Subsistence Model

    Changes in Subsistence from Prehistoric to Modern Times

    References

    Chapter 5 The Process of Transformation at Pajon: A Preclassic Society Located in an Estuary in Chiapas, Mexico

    Introduction

    Site Description

    Cultural and Chronological Sequence

    Early Dunas Subphase

    Late Dunas Subphase

    Encanto Phase

    Summary

    References

    Part III Settlement Patterns

    Chapter 6 Coastal Settlement in Northwestern Costa Rica

    Culture History of the Coastal Area

    Comparative Overview

    Conclusion

    References

    Chapter 7 Coastal Adaptations as Contact Phenomena among the Miskito and Cuna Indians of Lower Central America

    Late Precontact Adaptations

    Consequences of Contact

    Contemporary Adaptations

    Conclusion

    References

    Chapter 8 Changing Patterns of Resource Exploitation, Settlement Distribution, and Demography on the Southern Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

    Introduction

    Archaeological Research Design

    Prehistoric Subsistence

    Prehistoric Settlement Patterns

    Cultural Change in the Late Postclassic Period

    Conclusion

    References

    Part IV Exchange Patterns

    Chapter 9 Long-Distance Exchange and the Growth of a Regional Center on the Southern Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico

    Introduction

    Lagunita Phase (1500-1100 B.C.)

    Golfo Phase (1100-800 B.C.)

    Rios Phase (800-400 B.C.)

    Goma Phase (400-200 B.C.)

    Kuak and Niti Phases (200 B.C.-A.D. 1 and A.D. 1-300)

    Summary and Conclusions

    References

    Chapter 10 An Ethnohistoric Model for Native Economy and Settlement Patterns in Southern Veracruz, Mexico

    Introduction

    Ethnohistoric Data Base for the Lower Papaloapan Basin and Vicinity

    An Ethnohistoric Model

    A Comparison with the Archaeological Record

    Summary

    References

    Chapter 11 Maritime Adaptation and the Rise of Maya Civilization: The View from Cerros, Belize

    Introduction

    Maritime Maya: The Eastern Littoral

    Late Preclassic Communication-Transportation Networks

    Maritime Adaptation and the Preclassic Maya

    References

    Part V Overview 267

    Chapter 12 Commentary

    Chapter 13 Future Research Directions

    Introduction

    Procurement Patterns

    Settlement Patterns

    Exchange Patterns

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1978
  • Published: July 28, 1978
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276366

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Barbara L. Stark

Barbara Voorhies

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