Warfare and Conflict in the Late Pre-Columbian Pueblo World

James E. Snead

in The Oxford Handbook of North American Archaeology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195380118
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Warfare and Conflict in the Late Pre-Columbian Pueblo World

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Archaeological research on warfare and conflict in the late Pre-Columbian American Southwest has, from its inception, been deeply structured by cultural and scholarly biases toward the Pueblo world, past and present. The origin and evolution of these preconceptions is complex, shaped by nineteenth- and twentieth-century ideas about Native American society, contemporary political debate regarding assimilation and identity, and the widespread tendency among anthropologists and laypeople alike to project their fears and desires onto the mute stones of pueblo ruins. These prejudices are deeply ingrained and have ramifications in modern politics.

Keywords: Native American society; political debate; assimilation; identity; Pre-Columbian America; modern politics; warfare; conflict

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Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of North America

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