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Distinguished Lectures


John Martin "Jack" Campbell (1927–2013)

Keith H. Basso (1940–2013)

An Archaeology of the History of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Anthropology: James McCune Smith, Radical Abolitionist and Anthropologist
by Thomas C. Patterson

What is Local? Looking at Ceramic Production in the Peruvian Highlands and Beyond
Isabelle Druc

Early Dogs and Endemic South American Canids of the Spanish Main
by Peter Stahl

Hearth-Related Wood Remains from Abric Romani Layer M (Capellades, Spain)
by Alex Solé, Ethel Allué, and Eudald Carbonell

Book Reviews

Editor's Note

John Martin "Jack" Campbell (19272013)

Keith H. Basso (19402013)

An Archaeology of the History of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Anthropology: James McCune Smith, Radical Abolitionist and Anthropologist

Thomas C. Patterson
Department of Anthropology, University of California Riverside, CA

KEYWORDS: Race, Racism, History of U.S. anthropology, Afro-American intellectuals, James McCune Smith

ABSTRACT: Historians of pre-professional anthropology in nineteenth-century U.S. society have generally emphasized the roles of individuals and institutions in the development of the field. Their reliance on particular kinds of archives and sources has led some of them to neglect the work of intellectuals of color, many of whom had important anthropological insights. Thus, the hegemonic genealogies of U.S. anthropology make it difficult to discern alternative understandings of the emerging field before the Civil War by virtually eliminating dissenting voices. This paper calls attention to the anthropological thought of James McCune Smith—intellectual, former slave, and radical abolitionist—and situates his perspective in the sociohistorical context of antebellum America.

What is Local? Looking at Ceramic Production in the Peruvian Highlands and Beyond

Isabelle Druc
Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI

KEYWORDS: Ceramic production, Technological styles, Provenance studies, Ware distribution, Andes, Peru

ABSTRACT: In archaeology, identifying what is local or not is crucial for defining interaction systems and interpreting sociocultural, economic, or political relationships. The review presented here examines the concept of “local” in ceramic analysis, when no direct evidence of production exists. Various North American and European research frameworks are examined, illustrated with several studies worldwide. The discussion is oriented toward the interpretation of ceramic data in Andean archaeology, emphasizing ethnographic and archaeological cases from the Andes. A shift in Andean ceramic studies is emerging, which takes into consideration the concepts of production styles, technological communities, and the construction of identity. Style and abundance are no longer secure criteria, and a contextual, multi-angle approach to the question of what is local is suggested.

Early Dogs and Endemic South American Canids of the Spanish Main

Peter W. Stahl
Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

KEYWORDS: Domestic dog, Fox, Bush dog, South America, Caribbean, Amazon Basin, Domestication, Taming

ABSTRACT: Although common and widespread today throughout the neotropical lowlands, the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) may have been a relatively recent introduction into certain areas. Numerous early documents, however, implicate the precolumbian presence of tamed endemic South American canids, at least in lowland areas of northern South America and the adjacent Caribbean. These early and limited descriptions of small dogs that did not bark were eventually dismissed in the scholarly literature as simply domesticated dogs that were trained not to bark. A review of the earliest documentation of indigenous canids in the Spanish Main, and subsequent accounts of tamed endemic canids in various parts of the continent, suggests that native foxes or forest dogs could have been tamed.  Varied sources written at different times and from different areas of lowland South America also mention interbreeding of endemic canids with domesticated dogs.  The control of tamed endemic canids by indigenous populations could also have factored into the late appearance of the domestic dog, particularly in portions of the Amazon Basin.

Hearth-Related Wood Remains from Abric Romani Layer M (Capellades, Spain)

Alex Solé
Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), C/ Marcel.lí Domingo s/n Campus Sescelades URV (Edifi ci W3) 43007-Tarragona, Spain

Ethel Allué
IPHES and Àrea de Prehistòria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona

Eudald Carbonell
IPHES, Àrea de Prehistòria (URV), and visiting professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of Beijing (IVPP), China

KEYWORDS: Fuel, Wood imprints, Middle Paleolithic, Taphonomy, Spatial distribution, Hearths, Abric Romaní (Capellades, Spain)

ABSTRACT: The tufa sedimentary environment of the Middle Paleolithic layers of Abric Romaní has resulted in particularly well-preserved wood remains. Level M, dated to ca. 50 kyr BP, has yielded a very well preserved assemblage, including 114 wood imprints. The present study is based on the morphological characterization of the wood remains, their taphonomic analysis, and the spatial distribution of hearth-related assemblages. This evidence allows discussion of wood gathering for fuel by Paleolithic hunter-gatherers, based on typological analyses of wood remains according to size and distribution patterns. In addition, we discuss the significance of the presence and distribution of fuel remains related to the occupation of layer M.

Book Reviews

Jeffrey R. Parsons: Tenochtitlan: Capital of the Aztec Empire, by José Luis de Rojas

Katina T. Lillios: JADE: Grandes Haches Alpines du Néolithique Européen, Ve au IVe Millénaires av., J.-C. Pierre Pétrequin, Serge Cassen, Michel Errera, Lutz Klassen, Alison Sheridan and Anne-Marie Pétrequin, eds.

Lawrence G. Straus: L’Art Pléistocène dans le Monde, Jean Clottes, ed.

Lawrence G. Straus: L’Homme et le Renne: La Gestion des Ressources Animales durant la Préhistoire, by Laure Fontana

Timothy D. Maxwell: Ancestors and Elites: Emergent Complexity and Ritual

Practices in the Casas Grandes Polity, by Gordon F. M. Rakita

Constanza Ceruti: Inka Human Sacrifi ce and Mountain Worship: Strategies for Empire Unifi cation, by Thomas Besom

Lucas C. Kellett: Negotiated Settlement: Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism, by Steven A. Wernke

Windy Keala McElroy: Hawaii’s Past in a World of Pacifi c Islands, by James M. Bayman and Thomas S. Dye

Ruth M. Van Dyke: Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement, Mary C. Beaudry and Travis G. Parno, eds.

Nancy Marie White: Cultural Negotiations: The Role of Women in the Founding of Americanist Archaeology, by David L. Browman

Susan McKinnon: Blood and Kinship: Matter for Metaphor from Ancient Rome to the Present, Christopher Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren Sabean, and Simon Teuscher, eds.

Joanna Grabski: Weaving through Islam in Senegal, by Laura L. Cochrane

Anne Pollock: Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic, by Julie Livingston

Nate Plageman: Living the Hiplife: Celebrity and Entrepreneurship in Ghanaian Popular Music, by Jesse Weaver Shipley

Renée Sylvain: The Ju/’hoan San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence: Development, Democracy, and Indigenous Voices in Southern Africa, by Megan Biesele and Robert K. Hitchcock

Elizabeth Burns Coleman: National Days and the Politics of Indigenous and Local Identities in Australia and New Zealand, by Patrick A. McAllister

David Frye: Knowing History in Mexico: An Ethnography of Citizenship, by Trevor Stack

Christine A. Kray: Maya and Catholic Cultures in Crisis, by John D. Early

Shirley Heying: Global Coloniality of Power in Guatemala: Racism, Genocide,Citizenship, by Egla Martínez Salazar

Shirley Heying: Warning Signs of Genocide, by E. N. Anderson and Barbara A. Anderson

Martin Holbraad: Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba, by Laurie S. Frederik

Maureen O’Doherty: Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York, by Suzana Maia

Matthew Jennings: The Four Deaths of Acorn Whistler: Telling Stories in Colonial America, by Joshua Piker

Pamela Stern: Ipperwash: The Tragic Failure of Canada’s Aboriginal Policy, by Edward J. Hedican

Solen Roth: Collecting Tribal ART: How Kwakiutl Masks and Easter Island Lizard Men Became ART, by Paula Rubel and Abraham Rosman

Editor's Note


Department of Anthropology