Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Violence and warfare in the late prehistoric Southwest: A ritual explanation
by Alecksynas, Nia M., M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2016, 77; 10110346
Abstract (Summary)

The last four decades of research regarding the late prehistoric American Southwest has produced abundant evidence for violence, warfare and cannibalism among the Ancestral Puebloan peoples. Most archaeologists attribute this rise in violence and subsequent abandonment of the Four Corners region to degrading environmental conditions. While ecological factors surely contributed, it is hard to accept that this alone led to the extreme mutilation of hundreds of human remains found throughout the Pueblo territory. It is proposed that increasing social complexity along with new ritual practices resulted in intense and violent attacks throughout the Pueblo expanse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rafferty, Sean M.
Commitee:
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Archaeology, American history, Military history
Keywords: Ancestral Puebloan, Prehistoric Southwest, Violence, Warfare
Publication Number: 10110346
ISBN: 9781339736044
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