• 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.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • Atlatl Number 2, 1981

      Unknown author (University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology, 1981)