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The Benefit of the Gift: Social Organization and Expanding Networks of Interaction in the Western Great Lakes Archaic

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Volume 18

International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series

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The Benefit of the Gift

Social Organization and Expanding Networks of Interaction in the Western Great Lakes Archaic

Mark Andrew Hill

217 pages, 119 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-87962-144-2 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (April 2012)

ISBN  978-1-87962-143-5 $59.95/£47.95 Pb Published (April 2012)

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Archaeological data from the Late Archaic (4000-2000 years ago) in the Western Great Lakes are analyzed to understand the production and movement of copper and lithic exchange materials. Also considered in this volume are access to and benefits from exchange networks, as well as social changes accompanying the development of extensive, continental scale, exchange systems of interaction in this period.

Mark Andrew Hill is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ball State University. He was formerly J Clayton Stephenson Professor of Anthropology at Yale University, and former Curator and Head of the division of Anthropology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Subject: Archaeology Anthropology (General)
Area: North America


List of Figures
List of Tables
Organization of this Volume

Chapter 1. An Evolutionary Perspective on the Development of Intercommunity Interaction and Exchange Networks
Chapter 2. The Western Great Lakes: Landscapes and People of the Archaic
Chapter 3. Distribution of Resources and Populations: Understanding the Geography of the Late Archaic Lithic Resources
Chapter 4. The Development of Late Archaic Regional Systems
Chapter 5. Material Symbols and Social Effects of Exchange
Chapter 6. Copper Acquisition and Production at the Duck Lake Site and its Implications for Systems of Regional Exchange
Chapter 7. Tracing Exchange and Interaction: Using Lithic Sourcing and Chemical Composition of Copper to Identify Communities of Interaction
Chapter 8. Summary and Conclusions

Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III
Appendix IV
Appendix V
Appendix VI
Appendix VII

References Cited

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