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By David R. Abbott

In the prehispanic Southwest, Pueblo Grande was once the positioning of the most important platform mound within the Phoenix basin and the main politically favourite village within the quarter. It has lengthy been held to symbolize the apex of Hohokam tradition that designates the vintage period.

New info from significant excavations in Phoenix, even if, recommend that little was once "classic" concerning the vintage interval at Pueblo Grande. those findings problem perspectives of Hohokam society that prevailed for many of the 20 th century, suggesting that for Pueblo Grande it used to be a time of decline instead of prosperity, a time marked by means of overpopulation, environmental degradation, source scarcity, bad wellbeing and fitness, and social disintegration. in this interval, the Hohokam within the decrease Salt River Valley all started a precipitous slide towards the eventual abandonment of a fatherland they'd occupied for multiple thousand years.

This quantity is a long-awaited precis of 1 of an important data-recovery initiatives in Southwest archaeology, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of pages of information and textual content released in seven volumes of agreement experiences. The authors—all major gurus in Hohokam archaeology who performed fundamental roles during this revolution of understanding—here craft a compelling argument for the eventual cave in of Hohokam society within the past due fourteenth century as visible from one of many biggest and possible such a lot influential irrigation groups alongside the decrease Salt River.

Drawing on super huge and well-preserved collections, the booklet finds startling facts of a society in decline as mirrored in catchment research, archaeofaunal assemblage composition, skeletal reviews, burial assemblages, artifact alternate, and ceramic creation. the amount additionally features a worthy new precis of the archival reconstruction of the architectural series for the Pueblo Grande platform mound.

With its wealth of information, interpretation, and synthesis, Centuries of Decline represents a milestone in our knowing of Hohokam tradition. it's a key reference for Southwest archaeologists who search to appreciate the Hohokam cave in and a benchmark for somebody drawn to the prehistory of Arizona.

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