Ancient West Mexico

Art and Archaeology of the Unknown Past

Author: Richard F. Townsend,Patricia Rieff Anawalt,Art Institute of Chicago,Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500050927

Category: Art

Page: 308

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Documents more than 220 examples of ancient West Mexican sculpture

The Archaeology of Tribal Societies

Author: William A. Parkinson

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1789201713

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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Anthropological archaeologists have long attempted to develop models that will let them better understand the evolution of human social organization. In our search to understand how chiefdoms and states evolve, and how those societies differ from egalitarian 'bands', we have neglected to develop models that will aid the understanding of the wide range of variability that exists between them. This volume attempts to fill this gap by exploring social organization in tribal - or 'autonomous village' - societies from several different ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological contexts - from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period in the Near East to the contemporary Jivaro of Amazonia.

Interpreting Ancient Figurines

Context, Comparison, and Prehistoric Art

Author: Richard G. Lesure

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139496158

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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This book examines ancient figurines from several world areas to address recurring challenges in the interpretation of prehistoric art. Sometimes figurines from one context are perceived to resemble those from another. Richard G. Lesure asks whether such resemblances play a role in our interpretations. Early interpreters seized on the idea that figurines were recurringly female and constructed the fanciful myth of a primordial Neolithic Goddess. Contemporary practice instead rejects interpretive leaps across contexts. Dr Lesure offers a middle path: a new framework for assessing the relevance of particular comparisons. He develops the argument in case studies that consider figurines from Paleolithic Europe, the Neolithic Near East and Formative Mesoamerica.

Iconographic Method in New World Prehistory

Author: Vernon J. Knight

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107022630

Category: Art

Page: 201

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This book offers an overview of iconographic methods and their application to archaeological analysis. It offers a truly interdisciplinary approach that draws equally from art history and anthropology. Vernon James Knight, Jr., begins with a historigraphical overview, addressing the methodologies and theories that underpin both archaeology and art history. He then demonstrates how iconographic methods can be integrated with the scientific methods that are at the core of much archaeological inquiry. Focusing on artifacts from the pre-Columbian civilizations of North and Meso-American sites, Knight shows how the use of iconographic analysis yields new insights into these objects and civilizations.

Architectural Energetics in Archaeology

Analytical Expansions and Global Explorations

Author: Leah McCurdy,Elliot M. Abrams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351614142

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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Archaeologists and the public at large have long been fascinated by monumental architecture built by past societies. Whether considering the earthworks in the Ohio Valley or the grandest pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, people have been curious as to how pre-modern societies with limited technology were capable of constructing monuments of such outstanding scale and quality. Architectural energetics is a methodology within archaeology that generates estimates of the amount of labor and time allocated to construct these past monuments. This methodology allows for detailed analyses of architecture and especially the analysis of the social power underlying such projects. Architectural Energetics in Archaeology assembles an international array of scholars who have analyzed architecture from archaeological and historic societies using architectural energetics. It is the first such volume of its kind. In addition to applying architectural energetics to a global range of architectural works, it outlines in detail the estimates of costs that can be used in future architectural analyses. This volume will serve archaeology and classics researchers, and lecturers teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to social power and architecture. It also will interest architects examining past construction and engineering projects.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge

Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135963150

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

View: 924

For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.

Latin American Antiquity

A Journal of the Society for American Archaeology

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of Central America

Page: N.A

View: 6886

Mesoamerican Figurines

Small-scale Indices of Large-scale Social Phenomena

Author: Christina T. Halperin

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 440

View: 4145

This book examines figurines from the Olmec to the Aztec civilizations. This book also analyzes these objects by their stylistic attributes, archaeological content, function.

Guide to the Literature of Art History 2

Author: Max Marmor,Alex Ross

Publisher: Amer Library Assn


Category: Art

Page: 899

View: 5391

Among the most engaging genres of scholarly literature, art history and architecture history publications appeal to the eye as well as the intellect. In the late 20th century the literature of art history has been documented by two standard reference bibliographies published by the American Library Association: Mary Chamberlin's Guide to Art Reference Books (ALA 1959), and Guide to the Literature of Art History by Etta Arntzen and Robert Rainwater (ALA Editions, 1980). Now, a new supplementary volume, Guide to the Literature of Art History 2 (ALA Editions, 2004) has arrived to record and annotate the best art and architecture books and journals published worldwide in the last two decades of the 20th century. supplement its predecessor by recording important publications produced primarily in western languages. Adopting the chapter and numbering system of the first volume, GLAH 2 will help art scholars keep abreast of more recent publications in art and architectural history. An expert team of 24 contributors has come together with editors Max Marmor and Alex Ross to produce this significant work, featuring new titles, volumes, editions, and reprints, while providing ample cross referencing to GLAH 1. and Cultural Heritage, which covers the literature of art preservation and art law. Librarians and scholars will welcome the new collection development information, including: The best electronic art and architectural history sources. Cumulative 40-year bibliography of art history literature, with GLAH 1. Critical selection of nearly all literature in art history, primarily in Western European languages, since 1977. Resources for art historians outside their areas of specialization. architectural literature for the last two decades of the 20th century, Guide to the Literature of Art History 2 is the authoritative, must-have resource for all art history students, institutions, and agencies.

Seeing with New Eyes

Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas

Author: Rebecca Stone-Miller,William B. Size

Publisher: Michael C Carlos Museum

ISBN: 9781928917052

Category: Art

Page: 301

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Presents almost 600 works of art from Mesoamerica southward, with emphasis on the lesser-known area of ancient Costa Rica. This catalogue places emphasis on the shamanic experience of transformation into animal selves, since this subject preoccupied artists throughout the ancient Americas.

Turquoise Mosaics from Mexico

Author: Colin McEwan,British Museum

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indian art

Page: 96

View: 3698

This history of Mexican mosaics, distinct from Greek or Roman mosaics in that they are portable objects rather than architectural ornamentation, offers insight into Mesoamerican cosmogony, religious ritual, politics, trade, societal composition, and other

Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica

Author: Joel W. Palka

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 199

View: 4735

"This historical dictionary covers some of the major discoveries of the diverse investigations that have taken place throughout ancient Mesoamerican over the last 100 years."--Preface.

Architectural Vessels of the Moche

Ceramic Diagrams of Sacred Space in Ancient Peru

Author: Juliet B. Wiersema

Publisher: Latin American and Caribbean A


Category: Architecture

Page: 189

View: 7926

"This book is a part of the Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture publication initiative, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

Greater Mesoamerica

The Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico

Author: Michael Stewart Foster,Shirley Gorenstein

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of Mexico

Page: 307

View: 5806

Guía Bibliográfica Para Los Estudios Latinoamericanos

Author: Benson Latin American Collection,New York Public Library,University of Texas

Publisher: G K Hall


Category: Reference

Page: 1536

View: 5670

Consists of publications cataloged by the Latin American Collection of the University of Texas, with additional entries from the Library of Congress.

Tradición Teuchitlán

Author: Phil C. Weigand,Christopher Beekman,Rodrigo Esparza

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789706792532

Category: Indians of Mexico

Page: 344

View: 888


the secret art of precolumbian Ecuador

Author: Daniel Klein,Iván Cruz Cevallos,Miguel Angel Cabodevilla Iribarren,Pierre-Yves Dhinaut

Publisher: 5Continents


Category: Art

Page: 359

View: 7600

A view of a very rich civilization as told by a selection of emblematic objects made of pottery, metal and other materials.Archaeological literature has largely ignored Ecuador because it is caught between two major cultural phenomena: the monumental architecture of Peru in the south and the metallurgical riches of Colombia in the north. Major ecological phenomena converge on the northern Andes: the cold Humboldt stream mingles with El NiRo's warm currents, creating an environment for various cultures which drew nourishment from the rich fauna and flora.This special environment has been exploited by human groups from very early on who developed a culture based on kinship, supervised by a religious authority. This formed the core of an ideological superstructure that became a "cultural story" which spread from western Mexico as far as Peru and gave rise to trade in sacred shells. In the process, the peoples of present-day Ecuador became the Argonauts of the Pacific.In the Andean highlands, people tried to adapt to their milieu by inventing new techniques and took advantage of their environment to develop new types of materials. In particular, they managed to make a gold and copper alloy known as "tumbaga" because of the fortuitous physical and climatic conditions - they found places where the force of the winds converged naturally to establish efficient workshops and thus produce new metalwork.More than 350 illustrations bring to life this mosaic of peoples and their land.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: 128

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