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Name:  Carroll L. Riley  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

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Carroll L. Riley is a Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carroll L. Riley is a professor of Anthropology and curator of University Museum at SIUC. Riley has published extensively and has edited several works about the north Mexican frontier. He is recognized for his scholarly contributions in the field of Anthropology.


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Titles At Your Library

The Frontier People: The Greater Southwest in the Protohistoric Period
ISBN: 0826309984

University of New Mexico Press. 1987

Book by Riley, Carroll L.

Historical and Cultural Dictionary of Saudi Arabia
ISBN: 0810805340

The Scarecrow Press. 1972

Historical and Cultural Dictionary of Saudi Arabia

The Origins of Civilization (Arcturus books edition)
ISBN: 0809306026

Southern Illinois University Press. 1972

In this interesting and highly informative book we are pre­sented with an impressive view of the great movements in time of cultures and civilizations as they flowered and died. Among the many discussed in this book are the Sumerian, Babylonian, Mycenaean, Hittite, Assyrian, the always fascinat­ing Etruscan, and the Inca, Aztec, and Maya of the Americas. Defining civilization as the city-state inhabited by specialists—politicians, priests, craftsmen, laborers— necessary in a society learning to cope with the complexities of urban life, Mr. Riley has made use of the most recent results of anthro­pological research and archaeological discovery in tracing man’s cultural evolution.

Among the important aspects of this study of our begin­nings is the evidence that man tends to develop in channeled directions toward civilization. Mr. Riley suggests that, within each hemisphere though probably not between hemispheres, this trend is reinforced by diffusion from center to center. How­ever, coverage of the Old World and the New in the book is well-balanced and includes much new material. Special chap­ters are devoted to the most important areas, such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Indus, the Levant, Crete, the Greeks, the Western Mediterranean, China, Mesoamerica, and the Central Andes. The book is illustrated with drawings and photographs, as well as with maps and charts.

Across the Chichimec Sea: Papers in Honor of J. Charles Kelley
ISBN: 0809308290

Southern Illinois University Press. 1978

The Chichimec Sea is a metaphorical term for that large area of mountain, desert, and desiccated lake bed that covers much of northern Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States. Aboriginally—indeed, well into his­toric times—this large area was inhab­ited by diverse bands of Indians who had in common mainly the fact that they shared neither in the complex civi­lization of Mesoamerica nor the sub-­Mesoamerican cultures of the Greater Southwest.

This comprehensive and unified vol­ume of original essays deals with the complex problems of interaction—across and around the Chichimec Sea—between Mesoamerica and the South­west. The twenty contributions to this volume, by anthropologists, archaeol­ogists, geographers, ethnohistorians, and ethnobotanists, all deal with diverse aspects of the problem of Mesoamerican­-Southwest contacts.