The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires / Edition 1

The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires / Edition 1

by Tamara L. Bray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0306477300

ISBN-13: 9780306477300

Pub. Date: 07/31/2003

Publisher: Springer US

Feasting is now thought to have played a prominent role in the emergence of social hierarchies and the negotiation of power and identity, and the vessels used both to prepare and consume feasts are particularly amenable to archaeological investigation. American and Canadian archaeologists exploit the confluence of theory and artifact to investigate the commensal

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Feasting is now thought to have played a prominent role in the emergence of social hierarchies and the negotiation of power and identity, and the vessels used both to prepare and consume feasts are particularly amenable to archaeological investigation. American and Canadian archaeologists exploit the confluence of theory and artifact to investigate the commensal politics of early states and empires. Their case studies from the Old World consider early Mesopotamian states, ancient Egypt's southern frontier, and feasting the ancestors in early China. Among their New World examples are imperial pottery in the Inca state, Hair ceramic assemblages, the Maya of southeastern Mesoamerica. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306477300
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
07/31/2003
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

The Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women’s Role.- The Commensal Politics of Early States and Empires.- Old World.- Feasts, Funerals, and Fast Food in Early Mesopotamian States.- Pharaohs, Feasts, and Foreigners.- Feasting the Ancestors in Early China.- New World.- To Dine Splendidly.- From Stew-Eaters to Maize-Drinkers.- Pots, Politics, and Power.- Feasting at Home.- Aztec Feasts Rituals and Markets.- Concluding Remarks.- Clearing the Table.- Epilogue.- Feasting and the Practice of Stately Manners.

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