Life Beyond the Boundaries: New Edited Volume by Karen Harry and Sarah Herr

Nov. 2, 2017

UNLV Anthropology's Dr. Karen Harry and Desert Archaeology Inc's Sarah Herr have a new edited volume, Life Beyond the Boundaries: Constructing Identity in Edge Regions of the North American Southwest  coming out soon from University Press of Colorado.

The following is an excerpt from the publisher's website:

"Life beyond the Boundaries explores identity formation on the edges of the ancient Southwest. Focusing on some of the more poorly understood regions, including the Jornada Mogollon, the Gallina, and the Pimería Alta, the authors use methods drawn from material culture science, anthropology, and history to investigate themes related to the construction of social identity along the perimeters of the American Southwest.


The volume examines the social experiences of people who lived in edge regions through an archaeological lens. Through mobility and the development of extensive social networks, people living in these areas were introduced to the ideas and practices of other cultural groups. As their spatial distances from core areas increased, the degree to which they participated in the economic, social, political, and ritual practices of ancestral core areas increasingly varied. As a result, the social identities of people living in edge zones were often—though not always—fluid and situational."


Dr. Harry's research is on the Virgin Branch Ancestral Puebloan People, a group that lived on the border between the Southwest and Great Basin areas. Their cultural pattern is thought to be influenced by their position on this boundary, resulting in a material culture that was definitely Puebloan, but with interesting variations.


We look forward to this new volume, coming February 2018!