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Early New World Monumentality

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ISBN 10: 081306144X / ISBN 13: 9780813061443
Verlag: University Press of Florida, 2015
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"Offers a number of interesting case studies of New World monumentality that expand our comparative understanding of the phenomenon."--Dean J. Saitta, University of Denver

"Brings together important essays that analyze the context, nature, and impact of early monuments in the Americas. Early New World Monumentality should be read by everyone interested in monumentality anywhere in the world."-- Michael Love, California State University

In studies of ancient civilizations, the focus is often on the temples, palaces, and buildings created and then left behind, both because they survive and because of the awe they still inspire today. From the Mississippian mounds in the United States to the early pyramids of Peru, these monuments have been well-documented, but less attention has been paid to analyzing the logistical complexity involved in their creation.
    
In this collection, prominent archaeologists explore the sophisticated political and logistical organizations that were required to plan and complete these architectural marvels. They discuss the long-term political, social, and military impacts these projects had on their respective civilizations, and illuminate the significance of monumentality among early complex societies in the Americas. 
    
Early New World Monumentality is ultimately a study of labor and its mobilization, as well as the long-term spiritual awe and political organization that motivated and were enhanced by such undertakings. Mounds and other impressive monuments left behind by earlier civilizations continue to reveal their secrets, offering profound insights into the development of complex societies throughout the New World. 


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?This richly detailed and carefully written book provides fourteen select case studies. Each case details the special ways in which the fundamental drive toward monumentality played out amidst specific opportunities, environmental constraints, and historical contingencies.??Dean R. Snow, Pennsylvania State University

 

?Brings together important essays that analyze the context, nature, and impact of early monuments in the Americas. Early New World Monumentality should be read by everyone interested in monumentality anywhere in the world.??Michael Love, California State University

 

?Offers a number of interesting case studies of New World monumentality that expand our comparative understanding of the phenomenon.??Dean J. Saitta, University of Denver

 

In studies of ancient civilizations, the focus is often on the temples, palaces, and buildings created and then left behind, both because they survive and because of the awe they still inspire today. New World monuments from the Mississippian mounds in the United States to the early pyramids of Peru have been well documented, but less attention has been paid to analyzing the logistical complexity involved in their creation.

In this collection, prominent archaeologists explore the sophisticated political and logistical organizations that were required to plan and complete these architectural marvels. They discuss the long-term political, social, and military impacts these projects had on their respective civilizations and illuminate the significance of monumentality among early complex societies in the Americas.

Early New World Monumentality is ultimately a study of labor and its mobilization, as well as the long-term spiritual awe and political organization that motivated and were enhanced by such undertakings. Mounds and other impressive monuments left behind by earlier civilizations continue to reveal their secrets, offering profound insights into the development of complex societies throughout the New World. 

 

Richard L. Burger, professor of anthropology at Yale University, is the author of several books on South American prehistory. Robert M. Rosenswig, associate professor of archaeology at the University of Albany?SUNY, is the author of The Beginnings of Mesoamerican Civilization: Inter-Regional Interaction and the Olmec.

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Titel: Early New World Monumentality

Verlag: University Press of Florida

Erscheinungsdatum: 2015

Einband: Soft cover

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