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The archaeology of mobility : old world and new world nomadism

edited by Hans Barnard and Willeke Wendrich

(Cotsen advanced seminars, v. 4)

Cotsen Institute Of Archaeology, University Of California, c2008

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Includes bibliographical references and index

Contents of Works

  • The archaeology of mobility : definitions and research approches / Willeke Wendrich and Hans Barnard
  • Things to do with sheep and goats : neolithic hunter-forager-herders in North Arabia / Alison Betts
  • An archaeology of multisited communities / Reinhard Bernbeck
  • Archaeology and the question of mobile pastoralism in late prehistory / Abbas Alizadeh
  • Desert pastoral nomadism in the longue durée : a case study from the Negev and the southern Levantine deserts / Steven A. Rosen
  • The origin of the tribe and of 'industrial' agropastoralism in Syro-Mesopotamia / Giorgio Buccellati
  • Pastoral nomadism in the Central Andes : a historic retrospective example / David L. Browman
  • Colonization, structured landscapes and seasonal mobility : an examination of early paleo-Eskimo land-use patterns in the eastern Canadian Arctic / S. Brooke Milne
  • The emergence of cultures of mobility in the Altai mountains of Mongolia : evidence from the intersection of rock art and paleoenvironment / Esther Jacobson-Tepfer
  • Nomadic sites of the South Yergueni Hills on the Eurasian steppe : models of seasonal occupation and production / Natalia I. Shishlina, Eugeny I. Gak and Alexander V. Borisov
  • Trogodytes=Blemmyes=Beja? : the misuse of ancient ethnography / Stanley M. Burstein
  • Is the absence of evidence, evidence of absence? : problems in the archaeology of early herding societies of southern Africa / Andrew B. Smith
  • The social and environmental constraints on mobility in the late prehistoric upper great lakes region / Margaret B. Holman and Willian A. Lovis
  • Nomadic potters : relationships between ceramic technologies and mobility / Jelmer W. Eerkens
  • Mobility and sedentism of the iron age agropastoralists of southeast Kazakhstan / Claudia Chang
  • Crossing boundaries : nomadic groups and ethnic identities / Stuart T. Smith
  • Variability and dynamic landscapes of mobile pastoralism in Ethnography and Prehistory / Michael D. Frachetti
  • Mobility and sedentarization in late bronze age Syria / Jeffrey J. Szuchman
  • Suggestions for a Chaîne Opératoire of nomadic pottery sherds / Hans Barnard
  • History of the nomadic architecture of the Hadendowa in northeast Sudan / Anwar A-Magid
  • The Bedouin tent: An ethno-archaeological portal to antiquity or a modern construct? / Benjamin A. Saidel
  • Naming the waters : new insights into the nomadic use of oases in the Libyan Desert of Egypt / Alan Roe
  • From objects to agents : The Ababda nomads and the interpretation of the past / Willeke Wendrich
  • No room to move : mobility, settlement and conflict among mobile peoples / Roger L. Cribb
  • NOMAD : An Agent-Based Model (ABM) of pastoralist-agriculturalist interaction / Lawrence A. Kuznar and Robert Sedlmeyer.

Description and Table of Contents


There have been edited books on the archaeology of nomadism in various regions, and there have been individual archaeological and anthropological monographs, but nothing with the kind of coverage provided in this volume. Its strength and importance lies in the fact that it brings together a worldwide collection of studies of the archaeology of mobility. This book provides a ready-made reference to this worldwide phenomenon and is unique in that it tries to redefine pastoralism within a larger context by the term mobility. It presents many new ideas and thoughtful approaches, especially in the Central Asian region.

Table of Contents

Ch. 01: The Archaeology of Mobility: Definitions and Research Approaches by Willeke Wendrich and Hans Barnard Part I: The Past in the Present Ch. 02: Things to Do with Sheep and Goats: Neolithic Hunter-Forager-Herders in North Arabia by Alison Betts Ch. 03: An Archaeology of Multisited Communities by Reinhard Bernbeck Ch. 04: Archaeology and the Question of Mobile: Pastoralism in Late Prehistory by Abbas Alizadeh Ch. 05: Desert Pastoral Nomadism in the Longue Duree: A Case Study from the Negev and the Southern by Levantine Deserts Ch. 06: The Origin of the Tribe and of 'Industrial' Agropastoralism in Syro-Mesopotamia by Giorgio Buccellati Ch. 07: Pastoral Nomadism in the Central Andes: A Historic Retrospective Example by David L. Browman Ch. 08: Colonization, Structured Landscapes and Seasonal Mobility: An Examination of Early Paleo-Eskimo Land-Use Patterns in the Eastern Canadian Arctic by S. Brooke Milne Ch. 09: The Emergence of Cultures of Mobility in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia: Evidence from the Intersection of Rock Art and Paleoenvironment by Esther Jacobson-Tepfer Ch. 10: Nomadic Sites of the South Yergueni Hills on the Eurasian Steppe: Models of Seasonal Occupation and Production by Natalia I. Shishlina, Eugeny I. Gak and Alexander V. Borisov Ch. 11: Trogodytes = Blemmyes = Beja? The Misuse of Ancient Ethnography by Stanley M. Burstein Ch. 12: Is the Absence of Evidence, Evidence of Absence? Problems in the Archaeology of Early Herding Societies of Southern Africa by Andrew B. Smith Ch. 13: The Social and Environmental Constraints on Mobility in the Late Prehistoric Upper Great Lakes Region by Margaret B. Holman and William A. Lovis Ch. 14: Nomadic Potters: Relationships Between Ceramic Technologies and Mobility by Jelmer W. Eerkens Part II: The Present in the Future Ch. 15: Mobility and Sedentism of the Iron Age Agropastoralists of Southeast Kazakhstan by Claudia Chang Ch. 16: Crossing Boundaries: Nomadic Groups and Ethnic Identities by Stuart T. Smith Ch. 17: Variability and Dynamic Landscapes of Mobile Pastoralism in Ethnography and Prehistory by Michael D. Frachetti Ch. 18: Mobility and Sedentarization in Late Bronze Age Syria by Jeffrey J. Szuchman Ch. 19: Suggestions for a Chaine Operatoire of Nomadic Pottery Sherds by Hans Barnard Ch. 20: History of the Nomadic Architecture of the Hadendowa in Northeast Sudan by Anwar A-Magid Ch. 21: The Bedouin Tent: An Ethno-Archaeological Portal to Antiquity or a Modern Construct? by Benjamin A. Saidel Ch. 22: Naming the Waters: New Insights into the Nomadic Use of Oases in the Libyan Desert of Egypt by Alan Roe Ch. 23: From Objects to Agents: The Ababda Nomads and the Interpretation of the Past by Willeke Wendrich Ch. 24: No Room to Move: Mobility, Settlement and Conflict Among Mobile Peoples by Roger L. Cribb Ch. 25: NOMAD: An Agent-Based Model (ABM) of Pastoralist-Agriculturalist Interaction by Lawrence A. Kuznar and Robert Sedlmeyer

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