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Copyright: 1999
Trim: 8½ x 11
Pages: 328 pp.
Illustrations: 44 figures, 20 tables


Models for the Millennium

Great Basin Anthropology Today

Edited by Charlotte Beck

Anthropology / Archaeology

Models for the Millennium presents an overview of the development and current practice of anthropology in the Great Basin. This volume includes such topics as historical issues; models for past and present anthropological and archaeological phenomena and cooperation among anthropologists, Native Americans, and government agencies.

The volume includes four sections: "Historical Development"' describes the development of ethnology, archaeology, and paleoecology in the Great Basin. "Current Issues" covers topics in general theory, paleoecology, ethnography and linguistics, prehistory, and cultural resource management. "Models of Explanation" examines various approaches to modeling aspects of the archaeological, paleoecological, and ethnographic record in such areas as subsistence, mobility, iconography, and gender. Finally, "Models of Cooperation" discusses how anthropologists, Native Americans, and various agencies come to terms with such issues as burial and sacred sites, range blight, and the destruction of the archaeological record.

Charlotte Beck is associate professor of anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.


Collen Beck, Deseret Research Institute, Reno; David Rhode, Deseret Research Institute; Robert Elston, Intermountain Research, Silver City, Nevada; Donald Grayson, University of Washington; Catherine Fowler, University of Nevada, Reno; George Jones, Hamilton College; Robert Bettinger, University of California, Davis; Amy Gilreath, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Winters, California; Robert Kelly, University of Wyoming; Daniel Amick, Loyola University; Seven Simms, Utah State University; David Zeanah, Intermountain Research; Mary Ricks, Portland State University; Richard Hughes, Geochemical Research Laboratory, Portola Valley, California; Richard O. Clemmer, University of Denver; Donald Hardesty, University of Nevada, Reno; David Madsen, Utah Geological Survey; Melinda Leach, University of North Dakota; Michael Cannon, University of Washington; Lee Kreutzer, National Park Service; Ganaver Timican, Koosharem Band, Paiute Tribe; Douglas Timican, Koosharem Band, Paiute Tribe; Stephanie Livinston, Desert Research Institute; Joel Janetsky, Brigham Young University; William Cannonn, BLM, Lakeview, Oregon; Meredith Rucks, U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe; James O’Connell, University of Utah

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables

PART I: Historical Perspective
1. Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going ~ Charlotte Beck
2. Ethnography and Archaeology in the Great Basin ~ Colleen M. Beck
3. The Role and Paleoecology in the Development of Great Basin Archaeology, and Vice-Versa ~ David Rhode

PART II: Current Issues in Great Basin Anthropology
4. Current Issues in Ethnography, Ethnology, and Linguistics ~ Catherine S. Fowler
5. What Happened in the Medithermal ~ Robert L. Bettinger
6. Environmental Change during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition and Its Possible Impact on Human Populations ~ David B. Madsen
7. Paleoarchaic Archaeology in the Great Basin ~ George T. Jones and Charlotte Beck
8. Compliance and Academic Archaeology ~ Amy J. Gilreath

PARt III: Modeling Past and Present
9. Chasing the Will-o'-the-Wisp of Social Order ~ Steve R. Simms
10. Thinking about Prehistory ~ Robert L. Kelly
11. Modeling the Gastric: Great Basin Subsistence Studies since 1982 and the Evolution of General Theory ~ David W. Zeanah and Steven R. Simms
12. Human Paleoecology and Foraging Theory in the Great Basin ~ Donald K. Grayson and Michael D. Cannon
13. The Relevance of Ethnographic, Archaeological, and Paleontological Records to Models for Conservation Biology ~ Stephanie D. Livingston
14. Using Lithic Artifacts to Explain Past Behavior ~ Daniel S. Amick
15. Dating the Archaeological Record and Modeling Chronology ~ Charlotte Beck
16. In Search of Gender in Great Basin Prehistory ~ Melinda Leach
17. With an Open Mind: The Place of Rock Art in Northern Great Basin Prehistorical Culture Systems ~ Mary F. Ricks
18. Anthropologists and Their Totems: Profiling and Paradigming in Great Basin Ethnography ~ Richard O. Clemmer
19. Archaeological Models of the Modern World in the Great Basin: World Systems and Beyond ~ Donald L. Hardesty

PART IV: Cooperative Efforts
20. Cooperative Research between Native Americans and Archaeologists: The Fish Lake Archaeological Project ~ Joel C. Janetski, Ganaver Timican, Douglas Timican, Rena Pikyavit, and Rick Pikyavit
21. Implementing NAGPRA ~ Lee Ann Kreutzer
22. Beyond Consultation: Three Examples from the Washoe Homeland ~ Meredith Rucks
23. My Life as a Used Site Salesman ~ William J. Cannon

PART V: Afterword
24. History, Theory, Archaeology, and the Management of Cultural Resources: Commentary ~ James F. O'Connell and Robert G. Elston

References Cited

Praise and Reviews:

"An excellent compendium of wide-ranging, primarily professional papers illuminating the development of Great Basin anthropology, its current status, and where the authors believe it may go in the future."
—Athena Review

"The volume provides a valuable stocktaking of the current status of anthropological research in the Great Basin, and Charlotte Beck and the University of Utah Press are to be roundly thanked for their excellent work in presenting it to us."
—Journal of Anthropological Research

"The volume is carefully edited and handsomely produced. Aimed at researchers and academic anthropologists, it holds interest for serious students of human settlement in the Great Basin."
—Journal of the West

"The volume succeeds admirably in capturing the tenor of anthropology in the Great Basin today. It leaves the impression of a healthy vibrant field with a diversity of viewpoints and a great deal of exciting new work."
—New Mexico Historical Review

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