Jeffrey R. Parsons
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Based on his study of the nearly vanished aquatic economy of Chimalhuacán in the Valley of Mexico, Parsons describes the surviving vestiges of aquatic insect collection and fishing, and considers their developmental and archaeological implications within a broad context of historical, ethnographic, biological, ecological, and archaeological information from Mexico, North and South America, the Near East, and Africa. Activities, implements, artifacts, and landscapes are richly illustrated, in many cases with the author's own photos and a number of vintage photographs. The study concludes that aquatic resources were fully complementary with agricultural products during prehispanic times in Mesoamerica where a pastoral economy was absent.
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92. The Last Saltmakers of Nexquipayac, Mexico, by Jeffrey R. Parsons
82. Maguey Utilization in Highland Central Mexico, by Jeffrey R. Parsons and Mary H. Parsons
Publisher: Museum of Anthropology
Month of Publication: January
Year of Publication: 2006
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
# of Pages: 393
Monograph Series / Number:
Anthropological Papers, 96
Tables / Illustrations:
80 tables, 175 illustr.
Notes, Comments, Reviews:
"Parsons's presentation of documentary evidence from societies throughout the globe is extensive and highlights the importance of lake and lakeshore resources to such an extent that archaeologists reading this work will necessarily be compelled to broaden their paradigms. . . . Pescadores is an important reference material to anyone interested in ancient subsistence economy." Journal of Anthropological Research 2007