edited by Philip Duke and Michael C. Wilson
contributions by Neil A. Mirau, Miranda Warburton, Melissa A. Connor, Ian Hodder, Mary K. Whelan, Richard A. Krause, Alice Beck Kehoe, James Brooks, Larry J. Zimmerman, David W. Benn, Patricia J. O'Brian and Monica B. Weimer
University of Alabama Press, 1995
Paper: 978-0-8173-0799-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8364-0
Library of Congress Classification E78.G73B49 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 978.00497


A series of essays, written by Plains scholars of diverse research interests and backgrounds, that apply postprocessual approaches to the solution of current problems in Plains archaeology

Postprocessual archaeology is seen as a potential vehicle for integrating culture-historical, processual, and postmodernist approaches to solve specific archaeological problems.

The contributors address specific interpretive problems in all the major regions of the North American Plains, investigate different Plains societies (including hunter-gatherers and farmers and their associated archaeological records), and examine the political content of archaeology in such fields as gender studies and cultural resource management. They avoid a programmatic adherence to a single paradigm, arguing instead that a mature archaeology will use different theories, methods, and techniques to solve specific empirical problems. By avoiding excessive infatuation with the correct scientific method, this volume addresses questions that have often been categorized as beyond archaeological investigations.