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Architecture of First Societies


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Acknowledgments vii Introduction ix Part One: Foundations 1 Chapter 1: The Human World 3 Chapter 2: Late Pleistocene?Early Holocene Societies 49 Chapter 3: Savanna and Forest Peoples Today 87 Chapter 4: The Great Northern Continuum: Part I 117 Chapter 5: The Great Northern Continuum: Part II 151 Chapter 6: The Mound and Plaza Societies of the Americas 191 Chapter 7: Plants, Animals, and Rituals 225 Chapter 8: The First Agro-Pastoral Perspectives 263 Part Two: Transitions 297 Chapter 9: Village and Chiefdom Worlds 299 Chapter 10: Expansion into Europe 315 Chapter 11: Emergence of Central and South American Agriculture Societies 397 Chapter 12: Cattle-Tending Societies 451 Chapter 13: The World of Portable Architecture 477 Chapter 14: The Oceanic Horticultural Continuum 515 Chapter 15: African Transformations 549 Chapter 16: Agro-Centrism in North America 575 Coda: Encounters with Modernity 637 Index 643

About the Author

MARK JARZOMBEK is Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT. He is the author of several books, and coauthor with Francis D.K. Ching and Vikramaditya Prakash of A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition .


"This entry-level textbook will suit beginning students and general readers interested in architecture, anthropology, agricuulture, ecology, history and geography. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers." ( Choice , 1 May 2014)

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