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Copyright: 1999
Trim: 8½ x 11
Pages: 306 pp.
Illustrations: 109 illus., 24 tables


Casas Grandes World

Curtis F. Schaafsma and Caroll L. Riley

Anthropology / Archaeology

This volume offers a reevaluation of the extent, history, and meaning of the great site and its far-reaching connections. It also considers influences on the Hohokam and peoples of west Mexico, positing the existence of a vast sphere of Casa Grandes cultural influence.

Curtis Schaafsma is curator of anthropology, Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

Carroll Riley is emeritus distinguished professor of anthropology, Southern Illinois University, and now resides in Las Vegas, New Mexico.


Ronna Jane Bradley, University of New Mexico, Los Lunas
John P. Carpenter, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Darrell G. Creel, University of Texas at Austin
Rafael Cruz Antillón, Instituto Nacional de Antropolgía e Historia, Centro Chihuahua
Paul R. Fish, University of Arizona, Tucson
Suzanne K. Fish, University of Arizona, Tucson
Michael S. Foster, Cultural Resources Management Program, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, Arizona
Emiliano Gallaga M., Instituto Nacional de Antropolgía e Historia, Centro Sonora
Alice B. Kehoe, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jane H. Kelley, University of Calgary, Alberta
Stephen H. Lekson, University of Colorado, Boulder
Randall H. McGuire, State University of New York, Binghamton
A.C. MacWilliams, University of Arizona, Tucson
Timothy D. Maxwell, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Clement W. Meighan, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul E. Minnis, University of Oklahoma, Norman
Loy C. Neff, NPS Western Archaeological and Conservation Center, Tucson, Arizona
David A. Phillips Jr., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Carroll L. Riley, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Curtis F. Schaafsma, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Polly Schaafsma, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
Harry J. Shafer, Texas A & M University, College Station
Joe D. Stewart, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Christy G. Turner II, Arizona State University, Tempe
Victoria D. Vargas, Arizona State University, Tempe
Maria Elisa Villalpando C., Instituto Nacional de Antropolgía e Historia, Centro Sonora
Michael E. Whalen, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
David R. Wilcox, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
List of Tables

I. Introduction

II. The Core Area
1. Reflections on the Casas Grandes Regional System from the Northwestern Periphery ~ Paul R. Fish and Suzanne K. Fish
2. The Villa Ahumada Site: Archaeological Investigations East of Paquimé ~ Rafael Cruz Antillón and Timothy D. Maxwell
3. Investigating the Paquimé Regional System ~ Michael E. Whalen and Paul E. Minnis
4. A West Central Chihuahuan Perspective on Chihuahuan Culture ~ Jane H. Kelley, Joe D. Stewart, A.C. MacWilliams, and Loy C. Neff
5. The Robles Phase of the Casas Grandes Culture ~ David A. Phillips Jr. and John P. Carpenter
6. Was Casas a Pueblo? ~ Stephen H. Lekson
7. A Preliminary Graph-Theoretical Analysis of Access Relationships at Casas Grandes ~ David R. Wilcox

III. The Outer Sphere
8. The Black Mountain Phase in the Mimbres Area ~ Darrell G. Creel
9. The Mimbres Classic and Postclassic: A Case for Discontinuity ~ Harry J. Shafer
10. Cerro de Trincheras and the Casas Grandes World ~ Randall H. McGuire, Maria Elisa Villalpando C., Victoria D. Vargas, and Emiliano Gallaga M.

IV. The Larger View
11. The Aztlatlán Tradition of West and Northwest Mexico and Casas Grandes: Speculations on the Medio Period Florescence ~ Michael S. Foster
12. Tlalocs, Kachinas, Sacred Bundles, and Related Symbolism in the Southwest and Mesoamerica ~ Polly Schaafsma
13. The Sonoran Statelets and Casas Grandes ~ Carroll L. Riley
14. The Postclassic along the Northern Frontiers of Mesoamerica ~Alice B. Kehoe
15. The Mexican West Coast and the Hohokam Region ~ Clement W. Meighan
16. Shell Exchange within the Southwest: The Casas Grandes Interaction Sphere ~ Ronna J. Bradley
17. The Dentition of Casas Grandes with Suggestions on Epigenetic Relationships among Mexicans and Southwestern U.S. Populations ~ Christy G. Turner II

V. Toward a New Synthesis
18. The Casas Grandes World: Analysis and Conclusion ~ Curtis F. Schaafsma and Carroll L. Riley


Praise and Reviews:

“There is much valuable informational here. A valuable contribution to the archaeological literature on Casas Grandes, northern Mexico, and the southern U.S. southwest. Includes useful syntheses and presentation of new data.”
—American Antiquity

“A marvelous antidote to our lack of understanding of the crucial importance of the Casas Grandes culture center as an intermediary between the Anasazi centers of the American Southwest and northern Mexico cultures.”
—The Telluride Watch

“Essential addition to collections in the archeology of the region.”

“A major contribution in that it presents much new data that will provide scholars with many research questions for years to come.”
—The Albuquerque Archeological Society

“Necessary reading for those interested in learning about Casas Grandes as well as for those who wish to prepare themselves before visiting the site.”
—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

“An important contribution to the current redefinition of Paquime studies in international scholarly thought.”
—Latin American Antiquity

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