Constructing community succeeds in providing a thorough summary of archaeological research in the Salinas district, effective use of methods and principles developed by US Southwest archaeologists to interpret the social significance of the built environment and a nuanced discussion of social relations among the various groups—households, lineages, corporate groups, political factions and villages—that comprised early village communities in the Salinas district.
Constructing Community ably examines an alternative trajectory in the development of early villages in the Ancestral Pueblo world and raises a number of new research questions for the Salinas region and beyond.
—New Mexico Historical Review
An excellent addition to any archaeologist's library.
— The Albuquerque Archaeology Society Newsletter
There is very little recent information about the Salinas District available in the professional or more popular archaeological literature. Therefore, all of the data in this volume are relevant to scholars working in the Southwest, no matter their particular areas of expertise. The questions explored—the relationships among subsistence practices, mobility, settlement social organization—are of global interest.
—Linda S. Cordell, co-author of Archaeology of the Southwest
There are many other good discussions of Salinas archaeology, but few of these take on the millennia-long Pueblo sequence or the entire region and the relation of this region to neighboring regions. As such, this synthesis will be very useful to archaeologists working throughout the greater Southwest.
—Mark D. Varien, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center