Dr. John Kantner, University of North Florida

Rowman & Littlefield Issues in Soutwest Archaeology Series

Dr. Kantner serves as editor of a Rowman & Littlefield's Lexington book series, Issues in Southwest Archaeology, which features brief, synthesizing volumes that critically evaluate current archaeological research in the U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico. The books consider topics that are pervasive themes both in the archaeology of the region but also in contemporary anthropological inquiry, such as ethnicity, gender, migration, and violence. The volumes go beyond considerations of the prehistory of the Southwest, examining issues that impact the practice of archaeology today, including the roles of cultural resource management, oral history, and cultural property rights. Each contribution to the series is guided by the research interests and theoretical perspective of the author, but each book is ultimately synthetic, comparative, and fully engaged in broader anthropological interests.

If you are interested in having a book prospectus considered for the series, please review information on the series and contact Dr. Kantner at j.kantner [at] unf.edu.

Books in the Series

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In From Huhugam to Hohokam: Heritage and Archaeology in the American Southwest, published in 2019, J. Brett Hill examines the history of O'odham heritage as it was recorded at the beginning of European conquest. A parallel history of scientific exploration is then traced forward to produce intricate models of the coming and going of ancient peoples. Throughout this history, Native accounts were routinely dismissed as an inferior kind of knowledge. More recently, though, a revolutionary change has taken hold in archaeology as Native insights and premises are integrated into scientific thought. Integration was once suspected of undermining basic principles of knowledge, but J. Brett Hill contends that it provides a deeper and more accurate sense of the connection between living and ancient people. Hill combines three decades of experience in archaeology with a liberal arts perspective to produce something for readers at all levels in the fields of anthropology, history, Native American studies, and other heritage disciplines.

  • Paul R. Fish, University of Arizona

    "This multi-faceted case study will be a valuable resource to both social scientists and lay people with an interest in the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples. This is a book that... should be on the shelf of every Southwest public library and in the hands of anthropologists, historians, archaeologists and a host of professional academics everywhere."

    T.J. Ferguson, University of Arizona

    "By unpacking the meanings inherent in O'odham and archaeological names for the ancient people of the Sonoran Desert, Hill deftly shows how heritage and archeology contribute to a braided stream of knowledge about the past."

    Chip Colwell, Denver Museum of Natural History

    "From Huhugam to Hohokam is a lively and fascinating book about the power of language to define how we see the past and who we are today. It is an expansive journey into the personal ethics, historical puzzles, and disciplinary politics of categorizing cultural communities."

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How did agriculture come about in the American Southwest? What environmental and social factors led to the cultivation of plants? How, in turn, did the use of these new agricultural products affect the ancient peoples living in the region? In pursuit of answers to these questions, this book synthesizes data from both CRM and academic research to explore the emergence and impact of Southwestern agriculture. It examines agricultural beginnings across the entire Southwest, both northern and southern, and across culture groups residing there. Beyond simply addressing the arrival and widespread adoption of specific cultigens, she pays particular attention to human factors such as patterns of production andvariability in agricultural developments. Her consideration of broad social and environmental dynamics affecting forager diets and adaptive strategies sheds new light on what we know about the transition from foraging to farming. Agricultural Beginnings in the American Southwest, by Dr. Barbara Roth, was published in 2016.

  • Paul Minnis, University of Oklahoma

    "The Three Sisters -- maize, beans, and squash -- along with their cultivated cousins altered forever the human experience in much of the Americas. Barbara Roth's Agricultural Beginnings in the American Southwesti> is the must-read summary of what we now know about one of the great human transformations in one of the most archaeologically interesting places in the world. She not only summarizes a wealth of previous research by dozens of scholars but points the way forward for future research. "

    Alan H. Simmons, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    "Roth weaves a complex, variable, and diverse story of the absorption of agriculture into the Southwest. In addition to extensive discussion of hard data, both old and new, she examines several theoretical aspects that touch on critical issues. These include how (and why) agriculture was adopted by local hunters and gatherers, ritual and ideology, social issues, demography, why agriculture was more successful in some regions than others, methods of agricultural transmission from Mexico, and the often ignored but important concept of interactions between farmers and non-farmers. This will be a significant and insightful resource for years to come, not only to Southwestern archaeologists but to anyone interested in the complex story of how agriculture changed the world."

    John R. Welch, Simon Fraser University

    "In this much-needed new book, Roth provides a geographically-, temporally-, and thematically-focused consideration of the pivotal beginnings of agricultural societies in the Southwest."

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Archaeologists seldom study ancient art, even though art is fundamental to the human experience. The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest argues that archaeologists should study ancient artifacts as artwork, as applying the term "art" to the past raises new questions about artists, audiences, and the works of art themselves. Munson proposes that studies of ancient artwork be based on standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines such as art history, visual studies, and psychology. Using examples drawn from the American Southwest, The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest discusses artistic practice in ancestral Pueblo and Mimbres ceramics and the implications of context and accessibility for the audiences of painted murals and rock art. Studies of Hohokam figurines and rock art illustrate methods for studying ancient images, while the aesthetics of ancient art are suggested by work on ceramics and kivas from Chaco Canyon. The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest, by Dr. Marit Munson, was published in early 2011.

  • Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

    "In a very readable and engaging study, Marit Munson attempts to put art back into the archaeological equation, not by ignoring artifact but partly by considering the artistic aspects of artifacts...[Munson's book] is a very valuable attempt to move archaeological analysis beyond current standard artifact approaches. All archaeologists who work in the American Southwest, or who already study prehistoric art, will find it essential. But those further afield, who are willing to consider broadening their analytical approaches, will also find it an extremely useful reference."

    Linda S. Cordell, School for Advanced Research

    "In this thoughtful and concise treatment, Marit Munson argues persuasively that archaeologists have much to learn by expanding their vision to include the art behind the artifacts considering the artists, their audiences, the imagery, and even their aesthetics, because in doing so we develop new tools to better understand the past."

    Michelle Hegmon, Arizona State University

    "Anthropological archaeologists have long faced a contradiction: We appreciate the beauty of the objects we study, but, lacking insights into aesthetics and art, we dryly reduce those objects to artifacts and data. In this new book, Marit Munson provides us with an enlightening new perspective for understanding art -- the artists, the audiences, the images, and the aesthetics -- in the archaeology of the ancient Southwest. For readers interested in art in general, the book showcases insights gained from the Southwestern past. And for those specially interested in the Southwest, Munson opens eyes and minds to new ways of seeing."

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This 2010 book by Dr. Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh is about the tangled relationship between Native peoples and archaeologists in the American Southwest. Even as this relationship has become increasingly significant for both "real world" archaeological practice and studies in the history of anthropology, no other single book has synthetically examined how Native Americans have shaped archaeological practice in the Southwest -- and, how archaeological practice has shaped Native American communities. From oral traditions to repatriations to disputes over sacred sites, the next generation of archaeologists (as much as the current generation) needs to grapple with the complex social and political history of the Southwest's Indigenous communities, the values and interests those communities have in their own cultural legacies, and how archaeological science has impacted and continues to impact Indian country.

  • Current Anthropology

    "Colwell-Chanthaphonh has provided an alternative way of presenting the "histories" of the American Southwest... He has created neither an introductory volume on Southwestern archaeology nor an introductory volume on Native Americans of the Southwest; what he has created, instead, is an introductory volume that all archaeologists -- Southwestern and non-Southwestern practitioners alike -- should read and take note of."

    Choice Review

    "Coverage of Native participation in and resistance to early excavations, the emergence of tribal-run heritage programs, and recent collaborative efforts between indigenous people and mainstream archaeologists is particularly strong. The volume, written for nonspecialists, will also be a great addition to introductory courses in southwestern and North American archaeology. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

    Journal of Anthropological Research

    "The general reader and archaeology student will find this book enjoyable and enlightening....Several of the sidebars present specific topics that would make good class discussions at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Given the history provides and the discussions it will provoke, this book should be required reading in all university survey courses on Southwest archaeology."

    Matthew Liebmann, Harvard University

    "In this book, Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh succeeds admirably in writing Native Americans back into the history of Southwestern archaeology. Living Histories is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the anthropology, archaeology, and history of the Southwest, and should be read alongside any of the standard textbooks on these topics. It is an indispensable contribution to the history of Southwestern archaeology."

    Wesley Bernardini, University of Redlands

    "An eloquent, timely, and provocative addition to the literature. Colwell-Chanthaphonh charts a new path for Southwestern Archaeology, pointing the way to sustainable practices that value not just sites but people, relationships, and the 'living histories' that we all inhabit."