The Measure and Meaning of Time in Mesoamerica and the Andes

Author: Anthony F. Aveni
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 0884024032
Release Date: 2015-01-05
Genre: Science

Anthony F. Aveni gathers specialists from diverse fields to discuss temporal concepts gleaned from the people of Mesoamerica and the Andes. Essays address how they reckon and register time and how they sense time and its moral dimensions. To them, time is a feature of the process of perception, not just the sharp present ingrained in Western minds.

Merchants Markets and Exchange in the Pre Columbian World

Author: Kenn Hirth
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 0884023869
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Business & Economics

Merchants, Markets, and Exchange in the Pre-Columbian World investigates the complex structure of economic systems in the pre-Hispanic Americas, with a focus on the central highlands of Mexico, the Maya Lowlands, and the central Andes. Essays examine the use of marketplaces, the role of merchants and artisans, and the operation of trade networks.

Making Value Making Meaning

Author: Cathy Lynne Costin
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
ISBN: 0884024156
Release Date: 2016-10-31
Genre: Art

"Volume based on papers presented at the Pre-Columbian Studies Symposium 'Making Value, Making Meaning: Technae in the Pre-Columbian World, ' held at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., on October 11-12, 2013"--Title page verso.

Empire and Domestic Economy

Author: Terence N. D'Altroy
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306471926
Release Date: 2006-04-11
Genre: Social Science


Archaeology in Latin America

Author: Benjamin Alberti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134597833
Release Date: 2005-08-16
Genre: Social Science

This pioneering and comprehensive survey is the first overview of current themes in Latin American archaeology written solely by academics native to the region, and it makes their collected expertise available to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The contributors cover the most significant issues in the archaeology of Latin America, such as the domestication of camelids, the emergence of urban society in Mesoamerica, the frontier of the Inca empire, and the relatively little known archaeology of the Amazon basin. This book draws together key areas of research in Latin American archaeological thought into a coherent whole; no other volume on this area has ever dealt with such a diverse range of subjects, and some of the countries examined have never before been the subject of a regional study.

Native Traditions in the Postconquest World

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks
ISBN: 0884022390
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

"Important anthology marking, but not celebrating, the Columbian Quincentenary, directing attention to indigenous cultural responses to the Spanish intrusion in Mexico and Peru, utilizing as much as possible native documents and sources, and exploring men

Past Presented

Author: Joanne Pillsbury
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 088402380X
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Architecture

"Volume based on papers presented at the symposium "Past Presented: A Symposium on the History of Archaeological Illustration," held at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., on October 9-10, 2009."

The People s Zion

Author: Joel Cabrita
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674985766
Release Date: 2018-06-11
Genre: History

In The People’s Zion, Joel Cabrita tells the transatlantic story of Southern Africa’s largest popular religious movement, Zionism. It began in Zion City, a utopian community established in 1900 just north of Chicago. The Zionist church, which promoted faith healing, drew tens of thousands of marginalized Americans from across racial and class divides. It also sent missionaries abroad, particularly to Southern Africa, where its uplifting spiritualism and pan-racialism resonated with urban working-class whites and blacks. Circulated throughout Southern Africa by Zion City’s missionaries and literature, Zionism thrived among white and black workers drawn to Johannesburg by the discovery of gold. As in Chicago, these early devotees of faith healing hoped for a color-blind society in which they could acquire equal status and purpose amid demoralizing social and economic circumstances. Defying segregation and later apartheid, black and white Zionists formed a uniquely cosmopolitan community that played a key role in remaking the racial politics of modern Southern Africa. Connecting cities, regions, and societies usually considered in isolation, Cabrita shows how Zionists on either side of the Atlantic used the democratic resources of evangelical Christianity to stake out a place of belonging within rapidly-changing societies. In doing so, they laid claim to nothing less than the Kingdom of God. Today, the number of American Zionists is small, but thousands of independent Zionist churches counting millions of members still dot the Southern African landscape.

Social Patterns in Pre classic Mesoamerica

Author: David C. Grove
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks
ISBN: 0884022528
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Social Science

Collects ten articles from the 1993 conference (exact date not noted) devoted to the Pre-Classic Olmec civilization and neighboring populations. Among the topics treated are evidence of the growth of textile production as a window into the formalization of separated gender identity, similar looks into the origins of specialized building practices, the processes of the introduction of monumental architecture, and the growth of elites that could exercise coercive power. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Astronomers Scribes and Priests

Author: Gabrielle Vail
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 088402346X
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests examines evidence for cultural interchange among the intellectual powerbrokers in Postclassic Mesoamerica, specifically those centered in the northern Maya lowlands and the central Mexican highlands. Contributors to the volume’s thirteen chapters bring an interdisciplinary perspective to understanding the interactions that led to shared content in hieroglyphic codices and mural art. The authors address similarities in artifacts, architectural styles, and building alignments—often produced in regions separated by hundreds of miles—based on their analyses of iconographic, archaeological, linguistic, and epigraphic material. The volume includes a wealth of new data and interpretive frameworks in this comprehensive discussion of a critical time period in the Mesoamerican past.

Emergence and Change in Early Urban Societies

Author: Linda R. Manzanilla
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781489918482
Release Date: 2013-11-11
Genre: Social Science

This book gives an overview of different factors involved in the emergence and change in early urban societies in fourth-millennium Mesopotamia and Egypt; pre-Shang China; Classie horizon Central Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Maya Area; and Middle Horizon societies in the Andean Region. These factors range from centralized storage and redistributive econo mies, agromanagerial models, mercantile network control, confliet and conquest, conversion of military commanders into administrators, political power through monumental cosmic reproduction, and elite power through ideological change. It discusses specific archaeological data useful in theoretieal construction. In the Introduction, a discussion of different developmental processes of urban societies is made. The Eastern Anatolian example emphasizes the role played by interregional exchange networks linking the Mesopotamian plains with the Syro-Anatolian regions. The emergence of an elite is related with the control of the movement of craft goods and raw materials, more than with the appropriation of subsistence goods. The Chinese example stresses the importance of conflict provoked by demographie pressures on resources. The Mesoamerican cases relate to vast urban developments and manu facturing centers, ideological importance of monumental planning, and changing behavior of elites. The Andean cases are related either to the transformation of theocratie leadership into military administrators oe to the agricultural intensification model.

Their Way of Writing

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 0884023680
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Based on papers presented at the Pre-Columbian Studies Symposium Scripts, Signs, and Notational Systems in Pre-Columbian America held at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., on October 11-12, 2008.

Archaeology at the Millennium

Author: Gary M. Feinman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387726113
Release Date: 2007-10-18
Genre: Social Science

In this book an internationally distinguished roster of contributors considers the state of the art of the discipline of archaeology at the turn of the 21st century and charts an ambitious agenda for the future. The chapters address a wide range of topics including, paradigms, practice, and relevance of the discipline; paleoanthropology; fully modern humans; holocene hunter-gatherers; the transition to food and craft production; social inequality; warfare; state and empire formation; and the uneasy relationship between classical and anthropological archaeology.

A Pre Columbian World

Author: Jeffrey Quilter
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: UTEXAS:059173019099686
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

The articles in this book conceptualize the ancient New World through new and varied approaches, from iconography to the history of anthropology. The many essays in this volume explore the vast vista of the Pre-Columbian world, including representations of history, memory, and knowledge in Andean visual imagery and Pre-Columbian narrative, the ideology of rain making, and Maya beliefs about animal transformations.

The Place of Stone Monuments

Author: Julia Guernsey
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0884023648
Release Date: 2010
Genre: History

This volume considers the significance of stone monuments in Preclassic Mesoamerica, focusing on the period following the precocious appearance of monumental sculpture at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo and preceding the rise of the Classic polities in the Maya region and Central Mexico. By quite literally “placing” sculptures in their cultural, historical, social, political, religious, and cognitive contexts, the seventeen contributors utilize archaeological and art historical methods to understand the origins, growth, and spread of civilization in Middle America. They present abundant new data and new ways of thinking about sculpture and society in Preclassic Mesoamerica, and call into question the traditional dividing line between Preclassic and Classic cultures. They offer not only a fruitful way of rethinking the beginnings of civilization in Mesoamerica, but provide a series of detailed discussions concerning how these beginnings were dynamically visualized through sculptural programming during the Preclassic period.