Investigating the Religious Landscape of Epicenters in Pre-Industrial Tropical States

Author(s): Natalie Baron; Gyles Iannone

Year: 2017


The landscape of an epicenter has been built and modified to suit the needs of the people, both non-elite and elite. Epicenters consist of administrative, ceremonial, and residential features within a central precinct, often encircled by a moat or wall. Rulers of early tropical states would use religious propaganda to promote their power and legitimacy, which in turn created the purposeful and sacred design of the epicenter. By using the comparative method, this paper will examine the geographical relationship of the epicenter and the religious background of pre-industrial state formations in South and Southeast Asia (800 – 1400 CE) and Mesoamerica (250 – 900 CE). This method will allow for a greater consideration of the similar characteristics exhibited by tropical states across different historical contexts. On-site visitations and an extensive literature review of the data sets place an emphasis on architectural features and the monumentality of the epicenter.

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Investigating the Religious Landscape of Epicenters in Pre-Industrial Tropical States. Natalie Baron, Gyles Iannone. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431280)


Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14610