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Analysis of Mortuary Rituals at Panquilma (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Sudarsana Mohanty.

In the Early Intermediate Period (AD 1-700) there was a notable development of belief systems or "ideologies of power." These systems reinforced and naturalized the relations of the dominant classes over the less important social groups. The use of ideology to exert control is an efficient tool, especially when applied to concepts of life and death. Funerary practices effectively serve to promote social cohesion, whether related to kinship ties or political and economic means. The intent of...

Building Power: The Teotepec Palace as Materialized Ideology (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Philip Arnold. Lourdes Budar.

Discussions of Classic Period (ca. AD 300-900) architecture in southern Veracruz, Mexico generally emphasize patterning in mound-plaza arrangements, with an array of configurations vying for preeminence across the coastal lowlands. Often lacking from these analyses, however, is a more nuanced consideration of the built environment's ideological implications. This paper examines palaces as important reflections of power's materialization in southern Veracruz. Specifically, we consider the palace...

Can Archaeology Slow Down Fast Capitalism? (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Randall McGuire.

The great intellectual myth of the end of the 20th century was that the 21st century dawned in a world of "posts"; post industrial, post colonial and most importantly post capitalist. The sociologist Ben Agger has argued that we do not live in a post capitalist world but rather in a world of hyped up Capitalism or Fast Capitalism. More recently, the economist Thomas Piketty has redirected economic research back to the study of wealth and Capital. his work sustains Karl Marx's fundamental...

Changing Faces: Evolutions in Art at Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lucia Henderson.

The site of Kaminaljuyu experienced intensive ideological and material cultural change from the Preclassic through the early Classic period. Certain artistic forms and ideological precepts, however, simultaneously demonstrate remarkable continuity. This talk focuses specifically on public messages communicated through stone sculpture as well as, to a lesser degree, messages communicated by elite and royal funerary contexts in order to access continuity and change in Kaminaljuyu’s archaeological...

Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica (2007)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Jon C. Lohse.

Were most commoners in ancient Mesoamerica poor? In a material sense, yes, probably so. Were they poor in their beliefs and culture? Certainly not, as Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates. This volume explores the ritual life of Mesoamerica's common citizens, inside and outside of the domestic sphere, from Formative through Postclassic periods. Building from the premise that ritual and ideological expression inhered at all levels of society in Mesoamerica, the...

Cosmology in the New World
PROJECT Santa Fe Institute.

This project consists of articles written by members of Santa Fe Institute’s cosmology research group. Overall, the goal of this group is to understand the larger relationships between cosmology and society through a theoretically open-ended, comparative examination of the ancient American Southwest, Southeast, and Mesoamerica.

The Expression of Ideology in Levantine Submission Scenes: The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III as Feasting in a Neo-Assyrian Context (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Janling Fu.

Cultural appropriation of Levantine feasting forms by Neo-Assyria was an expression of agency that effectively subsumed, subverted and captured the dynamic of traditional Levantine polities. For those, the feast had represented an act of royal legitimation depicted iconographically by the figure of a king drinking from a cup. The rise of the Neo-Assyrian empire and the prominent appearance of this image, particularly in the 9th century BCE, deserves consideration as a probable co-opting of this...

The Fluidity of Ideology: A Late Classic Architectural Transformation in Plaza A at the Ancient Maya Site of Pacbitun, Belize (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only George Micheletti.

The ceremonial heart of the ancient Maya site of Pacbitun, thriving for the site’s entire 2000 year existence, must have held an enormous amount of cosmological significance to its inhabitants. However, while the sacredness of this location remained constant, the ideology within this space was incessantly in flux. Over the past 30 years, Plaza A excavations have revealed numerous architectural transformations signifying sociopolitical unrest. One such transformation is archaeologically...

Ideology and the Practice of Plains Archaeology (1993)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Philip Duke.

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The Institution of Archaeology (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Marina La Salle.

Archaeology is perhaps now, more than ever before, a viable career choice for university students. Although academic positions seem to be dwindling, opportunities in contract, commercial, or compliance archaeology are skyrocketing as the development ethic of North American capitalism continues to expand. Armed with a field school and a handful of undergraduate courses, these new graduates represent the dominant practice of archaeology today. The question is, what are they practising? Who has...

Macho and Moral: An Archaeological Investigation of Masculine Behaviors on Apple Island, Michigan. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mark Hoock.

It is not remarkable to say that the separation between city and country has become a normalized binary. For years, scholars have discussed how capitalism has framed urban and rural spaces, including desires to leave urban areas for some approximation of a sentimental bucolic paradise. However, investigating the rural and urban separation and "back to the land" movements within capitalism reveals other interesting social phenomena. Archaeological investigations of a vacation retreat owned by...

Networks of Power: Political Relations in the Late Postclassic Naco Valley, Honduras (2011)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Uploaded by: Leigh Anne Ellison

Little is known about how Late Postclassic populations in southeast Mesoamerica organized their political relations. Networks of Power fills gaps in the knowledge of this little-studied area, reconstructing the course of political history in the Naco Valley from the fourteenth through early sixteenth centuries. Describing the material and behavioral patterns pertaining to the Late Postclassic period using components of three settlements in the Naco Valley of northwestern Honduras, the book...

Panquilma’s Architecture: Ideologies involved in the construction process (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Arturo Rivera Infante.

This paper explores the ideologies involved in the process of building structures utilized by people of elite and non-elite statuses. The 2015 excavations of compounds at Panquilma revealed a range of domestic and ritual activities. The data recorded suggest that local craft production was embedded in particular religious meanings and/or status paraphernalia related to specific pre-Columbian Late Intermediate Period societies. The association of destruction and regeneration of materials, seen in...

Power Gardens of Annapolis (1989)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Mark P. Leone. Elizabeth Kryder-Reid. Julie H. Ernstein. Paul A. Shackel.

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The Practice of Play in the Sport of Life and Death: Exploring Regional Variation in Ballgame Material Culture and Ideology (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Marijke Stoll.

There is little argument that the Mesoamerican ballgame was a ritualized and politicized communal sport with great geographical breadth and incredible time-depth. It is also commonly accepted that the ballgame, as a cultural institution, was intimately linked to a political, elite-centered ideology based on cosmology, sacrifice, and agriculture, related to sociocultural themes of conflict, competition, and the resolution or negotiation of both. This interpretation of the ballgame as ritual...

Priests' Houses and Architectures of Ideology in East Polynesia (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jennifer Kahn.

Most studies of East Polynesia religion focus on the largest monumental sites, those related to the "marae complex". Yet ethnohistoric documents indicate that a wide range of site types had ritual importance, including specialized structures within monumental ritual centers that had diverse functions. Priest houses form one element of the architecture of ideology. Can we identify the houses of full time ritual specialists in the archaeological record of East Polynesian in order to enrich our...

The "Private(s)" Is(Are) Political: Girding One’s Loins for Work, for Battle, for Provocation, and Ungirding for Insurgence (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Susan Kus. Victor Raharijaona.

Many societies archaeologists seek to understand are societies of primary orality. They are "lifeworlds" of primary subsistence. Their study demands a multiplicity of approaches. Certainly one needs a sensitive yet hardy material gaze (and touch). Further, one should seek sensuous engagement in subsistence and celebration. Additionally, one should cultivate an incitement to imagine how the poetic and philosophical, of both reflective thought and of speech, are anchored in the material...

Ritual Deposits at El Marquesillo, Veracruz: Examples of Long-Term Collective Social Memory (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Travis Doering.

The settlement of El Marquesillo in Southern Veracruz was inhabited during the Mesoamerican Early Formative period, emerged as an Olmec center during the Middle Formative period, and remained occupied throughout the remainder of the pre-Columbian period. During the late Middle to early Late Formative period an Olmec monumental tabletop throne was ritually terminated and deposited. This interment was accompanied by two substantial offerings suggestive of a feasting event. More than a millennium...

The Role of Venus in the Cosmologies of Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the Southeast (2010)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Polly Schaafsma. Ed Krupp. George Lankford. Mike Mathiowetz. Susan Milbrath.

This paper describes differing but related views of the meanings of Venus in Central Mexico, West Mexico, the U.S. Southwest, and the Eastern Woodlands.

Sacred Spaces and Ideology in the Pambamarca Fortress Complex (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Amber Anderson.

In the northern Andes of Ecuador just north of Quito lies the Pambamarca Fortress Complex. This region was one of the last to fall to the Inca in the late 1490's/1500's as they expanded their empire, and they met great resistance from the indigenous societies of Northern Ecuador. Fighting occurred for over a decade and power strategies changed to conquer this region. These struggles are apparent, best seen through the high number of Inca fortifications and enclosures throughout the landscape....

Serpent: a Prehistoric Life-Metaphor in South Central Kansas (1984)
DOCUMENT Citation Only R. Clark Mallam.

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Social Landscapes and Kapu in the Hawaiian Islands: A case study from the Ka'û district, Hawai'i Island. (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Maria Codlin. Mark McCoy.

In ancient Hawai'i, elites employed ideology as a way of acquiring and stabilizing political and economic power. Material evidence of this is found in the numerous temples throughout the islands and in the formalized rules for constructing households. Ethnohistoric literature describes Hawaiian households as a collection of buildings with specific functional purposes. By segregating these activity areas, the Hawaiians were seen to observe kapu, a Polynesian ideological concept which, in Hawai'i,...

The Storm God, Feathered Serpents, and Possible Rulers at Teotihuacan (2007)
DOCUMENT Full-Text George Cowgill.

In this paper, George Cowgill focuses on how Mesoamericans used worldviews and ideologies in sociopolitical ways. More specifically, Cowgill argues that specific sociopolitical ideologies arise when there is a shared worldview.

The Transition between Epiclassic to Early Postclassic in Western Mexico. Processes involved in the Sayula Basin (Jalisco). (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Susana Ramirez-Urrea De Swartz. Catherine Liot. Javier Reveles.

The transition between Epiclassic and Postclassic period in Western Mexico it has been linked to the Aztatlan Tradition. The Sayula basin offer a great opportunity to explore the processes involved, the cultural assimilation and interaction between two contemporary major cultural components: one system with strongly local identity related to a major social structure part of the Epiclassics sites like Ixtepete, La Higuerita, Los Altos de Jalisco and furthermore like La Quemada (Zac). The other...

Twenty Years of Studying the Salado (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jeffery Clark. William Doelle.

Archaeology Southwest (formerly the Center for Desert Archaeology) has been heavily engaged in studying the Salado Phenomenon through the lens of migration for nearly twenty years. Our research has been both intensive and extensive in scope: gathering new data from sites on public and private lands, reanalyzing existing collections, and scrutinizing published and unpublished reports from nearly every valley and basin in southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Here we summarize this...