Ian Kuijt, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, is the co-editor of a new book that examines the evolution and organization of prehistoric complex hunter-gatherers in the plateau region of the Pacific Northwest.
Published by the University of Utah Press, “Complex Hunter Gatherers: Evolution and Organization of Prehistoric Communities on the Plateau of Northwestern North America” is the first book of its kind to explore how systems of social organization and subsistence practices changed among First Nation people in the region. Composed of 12 essays, the book seeks to further understanding of the evolutionary trajectory and lifestyles of those who lived on the plateau.
Kuijt and his co-editor, University of Montana anthropologist William C. Prentiss, contributed to four of the books essays. As an archaeologist who has worked extensively on Old and New World research projects, Kuijts interests include the emergence of social inequality, prehistoric mortuary practices, the origins of agriculture, paleoenvironmental change and human adaptations, and lithic technology.Addressing similar evolutionary questions in the Prehistoric Near East, Kuijt also is the editor of “Life in Neolithic Farming Communities: Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation.” He currently is co-directing excavations at Dhra, Jordan, funded by the National Science Foundation and Notre Dame.
Kuijt earned his bachelors degree in history from the University of Lethbridge, and a masters degree in archaeology from Simon Fraser University. He went on to earn both a masters degree and a doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University.Kuijt previously has taught at the University of Lethbridge, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Harvard University, and the University of California.
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