The Arizona Anthropologist is a competitive high-quality annual journal designed, reviewed and published by an editorial board of graduate students in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. The open access archives are made available as a collaboration between the Arizona Anthropologist and the University of Arizona Libraries.


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Recent Submissions

  • Atlatl Number 2, 1981

    University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981
  • Rethinking Ceramic Degeneration: An Ancient Mesopotamian Case Study

    Falconer, Steven E. (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)
    A primary research concern of archaeologists is the explanation of social change. Since archaeologists must deal with change as it is manifested in the variability of material culture, it is not surprising that special attention has been given to studies of pottery, one of the most abundant forms of archaeological evidence, and one most sensitive to temporal change. Unfortunately, interpretations of changing pottery repertoires have usually failed to consider the socioeconomic factors which also may be responsible for ceramic variation. This has been notably true when trends of change are judged to be "degenerative." A study of ceramic change in the 'Ubaid and Uruk periods of Mesopotamia illustrates how "degeneration" can be correlated with the development of complex societies in the region.
  • The Interpretation of Negative Evidence in Archaeology

    Stone, Glenn Davis (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)
  • Cytogenetics And Systematics Of The Anthropoidea, With Some Thoughts On Macroevolution

    Marks, Jon (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)
  • A Consideration Of Style In Archaeology

    McGuire, Randall H. (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)
  • Economic Aspects Of Navajo Sandpaintings

    Parezo, Nancy J. (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)
    Permanent sandpaintings, pictures of pulverized colored sands glued onto particle board, are made by the Navajo Indians of the American Southwest, specifically for sale to non-native consumers. This art form has experienced a widespread growth since 1958. By 1965 its production had become an important source of income for at least one community,Sheep Springs, New Mexico, as well as for many other individuals both on and off the reservation. Today almost 500 makers can be identified and while the industry is not yet comparable in size to weaving or silversmithing it is by no means negligible. Why has the spread of this craft-art been so rapid and widespread? The following· paper wil1 begin to analyze some of the reasons for the craft's success.