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Alternative Pathways to Complexity

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ISBN: 9781607325321 9781607325338 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102220
Subject: Archaeology
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"[T]he volume represents an important contribution to the examination of issues for which Blanton has furthered scholarship, organized as three sections with cases from Mesoamerica, the Old World, and cross-cultural studies." —American Antiquity. Alternative Pathways to Complexity focuses on the themes of architecture, economics, and power in the evolution of complex societies. Case studies from Mesoamerica, Asia, Africa, and Europe examine the relationship between political structures and economic configurations of ancient chiefdoms and states through a framework of comparative archaeology.

Ancient Maya Commerce

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ISBN: 9781607325390 9781607326977 9781607327233 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626387 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100078
Subject: Archaeology
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Nearly two decades of research at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico documented a thriving city of 40,000 people without the powerful kings and massive temples seen at other Maya centers. What brought people to this area, the driest in the Maya world, and how did they survive? Ancient Maya Commerce provides a pioneering study in economic anthropology, making the strongest case yet that ancient Maya economies were quite complex, containing markets in addition to other forms of exchange. Multiple lines of evidence including household archaeology, regional survey, paleo-ecology and soil chemistry show that Chunchucmil was a major center for both short and long distance trade, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico and the interior of the northern Maya lowlands. By placing Chunchucmil into the broader context of emerging research at other Maya cities, this book helps reorient our understanding of ancient Maya economies, foregrounding the increasingly important role of commerce.

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Anthropology Without Informants

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ISBN: 9780870819476 9781607327066 Year: Pages: 352 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100335
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"It is my sincere hope that this volume will be much read and reflected upon by new generations of American students of prehistoric archaeologists. Freeman's career is a model for long-term international collaboration, theoretical eclecticism, the centrality of field research, and the ability to 'dream big,' but with a commonsense approach to the record and its limitations." Lawrence Guy Straus, Journal of Anthropological Research

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archaeology

Archaeological Perspectives of Warfare on the Great Plains

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ISBN: 9781607326694 9781607326700 Year: DOI: 10.5876/9781607326700 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100781
Subject: Archaeology
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The Great Plains of the United States have played an influential role in shaping academic and popular visions of Native American warfare, largely because of the well-documented violence that was so central to the expansion of Euroamerican settlement there. However, violence has deep roots on the Plains, and these roots have never been examined systematically across the region as a whole. Covering the Plains as well as some adjacent areas and spanning both pre-Contact and post-Contact periods, this volume explores a series of central topics that are important regionally and to the larger study of warfare in general. The editors provide an overview of the evidence for violence in the region as a whole, but contributors focus particularly on three important and interrelated topics: what fortifications tell us about war, what representations of war in art tell us about combatants’ views of war, and how war shaped and reflected human societies on the Plains.

Confronting the "Good Death"

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ISBN: 9780870818097 9781607327080 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625241 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100337
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"The scholarship devoted to the complicity of German physicians in the Holocaust is rich and detailed, but there remains, as Michael Bryant demonstrates, still more to learn. It is well established that the techniques employed by the Nazis to exterminate Jews and others in concentration camps were first applied to people in state hospitals who were deemed mentally disabled or terminally ill. What has been less thoroughly investigated is the postwar response of both the Allies and the Germans to these atrocities. Bryant fills the gap with a systematic account of the judicial proceedings against those charged with killing the disabled." New England Journal of Medicine

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Embracing Watershed Politics

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ISBN: 9780870819094 9781607327097 Year: Pages: 248 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100339
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In Embracing Watershed Politics, political scientists Edella Schlager and William Blomquist provide timely illustrations and thought-provoking explanations of why political considerations are essential, unavoidable, and in some ways even desirable elements of decision making about water and watersheds. With decades of combined study of water management in the United States, they focus on the many contending interests and communities found in America's watersheds, the fundamental dimensions of decision making, and the impacts of science, complexity, and uncertainty on watershed management.

Encounter with the Plumed Serpent

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Book Series: Mesoamerican Worlds ISBN: 9780870818684 9781607327103 Year: Pages: 448 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625247 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100340
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The Mixtec, or the people of Savi ("Nation of the Rain God"), one of the major civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica, made their home in the highlands of Oaxaca, where they resisted both Aztec military expansion and the Spanish conquest. This book presents and interprets the sacred histories narrated in the Mixtec codices, the largest surviving collection of pre-Columbian manuscripts in existence. In these screenfold books, ancient painter-historians chronicled the politics of the Mixtec from approximately a.d. 900 to 1521, portraying the royal families, rituals, wars, alliances, and ideology of the times. By analyzing and cross-referencing the codices, which have been fragmented and dispersed in far-flung archives, the authors attempt to reconstruct Mixtec history. Adding useful interpretation and commentary, Jansen and Perez Jimenez synthesize the large body of surviving documents into the first unified narrative of Mixtec sacred history.

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Gambling Debt

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ISBN: 9781607323341 9781607323358 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101750
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Gambling Debt is a game-changing contribution to the discussion of economic crises and neoliberal financial systems and strategies. Iceland’s 2008 financial collapse was the first case in a series of meltdowns, a warning of danger in the global order. This full-scale anthropology of financialization and the economic crisis broadly discusses this momentous bubble and burst and places it in theoretical, anthropological, and global historical context through descriptions of the complex developments leading to it and the larger social and cultural implications and consequences.

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Anthropology

Indians and Mestizos in the "Lettered City"

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ISBN: 9781607320180 9781607320197 9781607327127 Year: Pages: 320 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100346
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"This book brings to light these indigenous intellectuals' dynamic efforts to shape their own social and political status in the Spanish Empire. For the historian of colonial Spanish America or Peru, it provides an enticing overview of a transatlantic political discourse and suggests interesting avenues for future research." Emily Berquist, Hispanic American Historical Review

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Legacies of Space and Intangible Heritage

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ISBN: 9781607325710 9781607327004 9781607327202 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625677 Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Colorado Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100081
Subject: Archaeology
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This volume looks at how different physical environments contribute to the reproduction of cultural forms even in the wake of colonization, migration, and other processes of displacement and change. This raises the question of whether cultural practices are altered by changes in physical environment or if a group’s narratives and practices shape their location. Using case studies from North and South America, the contributors reveal a pattern of abandonment and reestablishment of settlements and how collective memory drives people back to culturally meaningful sites. Through the lenses of archaeology and ethnohistory and by examining the politics of cultural continuity, the authors argue that there is a complex relationship between a people’s heritage and the landscape that affects the making of “place.”

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