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Sending the Spirits Home
The Archaeology of Hohokam Mortuary Practices
Glen E. Rice
Archaeology / Anthropology
This data-rich monograph provides new and stimulating perspectives on the Hohokam people and their mortuary practices. It breaks new ground by using the knowledge of descendent peoples to generate archaeologically testable hypotheses; demonstrating the need for mortuary analyses conducted at a regional scale; and synthesizing the interaction of beliefs, ideology, social organization, and ecology in determining Hohokam mortuary practices. Various chapters discuss body treatment, mortuary furniture and goods, mortuary architecture, and cemeteries. Numerous figures help document the variability of Hohokam practices.
Sending the Spirits Home synthesizes data from various excavations, applied archaeology, and cultural resource management projects. This study combines archaeological and ethnographic sources and provides tools for the adoption of standardized protocols needed to facilitate cross-project comparisons on which future regional syntheses can be based.
Glen E. Rice has more than thirty-five years of experience directing Cultural Resource Management research projects in the arid Southwest, the majority focused on Hohokam archaeology. He was head of the Office of Cultural Resource Management at Arizona State University and for ten years has run his own consulting firm, Rio Salado Archaeology.
Table of Contents:
List of Figures
List of Tables
1. A Hohokam Sarcophagus
2. Cultural Analogues for the Study of Hohokam Mortuary Practices
3. The Body
4. Mortuary Accompaniments
5. Mortuary Architecture
6. The Cemetery
7. A History of Hohokam Mortuary Practices
Appendix A: Artifact Categories Used in the Study of Hohokam Mortuary Practices
Appendix B: Cemetery Types at the 11 Villages of the Hohokam Database
Praise and Reviews:
“The coding protocols are a major contribution to the study of Hohokam mortuary patterns, the compilation of the data is impressive and informative, the conclusions are interesting—and some even surprising.”
—Todd W. Bostwick, Director of Archaeology, Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Camp Verde, Arizona
“The book stands alone as the first detailed summary and analysis of Hohokam mortuary practice. It brings together over three decades of work and greatly advances our understanding of the Hohokam, with useful analyses that get well beyond the old debates.”
—Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Binghamton
Winner of the Don D. and Catherine S. Fowler Prize 2014