The Value of Things

Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region

Author: Jennifer P. Mathews

Publisher: University of Arizona Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 309

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L'éditeur indique : "This book explores how the Mayans gave value to commodities through the lens of anthropology and archaeology"

Technology and Tradition in Mesoamerica after the Spanish Invasion

Archaeological Perspectives

Author: Rani T. Alexander

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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This impressive collection features the work of archaeologists who systematically explore the material and social consequences of new technological systems introduced after the sixteenth-century Spanish invasion in Mesoamerica. It is the first collection to present case studies that show how both commonplace and capital-intensive technologies were intertwined with indigenous knowledge systems to reshape local, regional, and transoceanic ecologies, commodity chains, and political, social, and religious institutions across Mexico and Central America.

Stingless Bees of Mexico

The Biology, Management and Conservation of an Ancient Heritage

Author: José Javier G. Quezada-Euán

Publisher: Springer


Category: Science

Page: 294

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The stingless bees are the most diverse group of highly social bees and are key species in our planet’s tropical and subtropical regions, where they thrive. In Mexico, the management of stingless bees dates back centuries, and they were an essential part of the culture and cosmogony of native peoples like the Maya. In recent decades a vast amount of information has been gathered on stingless bees worldwide. This book summarizes various aspects of the biology and management of stingless bees, with special emphasis on the Mexican species and the traditions behind their cultivation. Much of the information presented here was produced by the author and the team of researchers at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in the course of three decades of working with these insects. Given the breadth of its coverage, the book offers an equally valuable reference guide for academics, students and beekeepers alike.

Colonial and Postcolonial Change in Mesoamerica

Archaeology as Historical Anthropology

Author: Rani T. Alexander

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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This book offers a new account of human interaction and culture change for Mesoamerica that connects the present to the past. Social histories that assess the cultural upheavals between the Spanish invasion of Mesoamerica and the ethnographic present overlook the archaeological record, with its unique capacity to link local practices to global processes. To fill this gap, the authors weigh the material manifestations of the colonial and postcolonial trajectory in light of local, regional, and global historical processes that have unfolded over the last five hundred years. Research on a suite of issues—economic history, production of commodities, agrarian change, resistance, religious shifts, and sociocultural identity—demonstrates that the often shocking patterns observed today are historically contingent and culturally mediated, and therefore explainable. This book belongs to a new wave of scholarship that renders the past immediately relevant to the present, which Alexander and Kepecs see as one of archaeology’s most crucial goals.

Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient World

Author: Peter I. Bogucki

Publisher: Facts on File


Category: History

Page: 1600

View: 743

Presents sixty-nine articles devoted to coverage of social and cultural considerations in the ancient world from prehistory through the fall of Rome in 476 C.E.

Lowland Maya Civilization in the Eighth Century A.D.

A Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 7th and 8th October 1989

Author: Jeremy A. Sabloff

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service


Category: CONFERENCE. Lowland Maya civilization in the eighth century A.D.

Page: 482

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People of the earth

an introduction to world prehistory

Author: Brian M. Fagan

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Social Science

Page: 597

View: 656

Taking readers on a fascinating journey through the 7-million-year-old landscape of the human past, this internationally renowned book provides a narrative account of human prehistory from the earliest times up to the earliest civilizations.Written in a jargon-free, easily accessible style, the Eleventh Edition is designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change. Exploring all areas of the world evenly and covering all periods of prehistory from human origins to the appearance of literate civilizations, this book highlights recent discoveries, new archaeological methodologies, and the latest theories of human biological and cultural evolution.For professionals with a career or interest in anthropology, archaeology, history, sociology, or education.

Precolumbian jade

new geological and cultural interpretations

Author: Frederick W. Lange

Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr


Category: Art

Page: 378

View: 174

"Monumental work that includes detailed studies of jade from across Central and South America is divided into three parts. Pt. 1 includes eight chapters on geology and minerology; Pt. 2, eight chapters on cultural contexts; and Pt. 3, six chapters on arti