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

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Overview

This volume examines the commensal politics of early states and empires and offers a comparative perspective on how food and feasting have figured in the political calculus of archaic states in both the Old and New Worlds. It provides a cross-cultural and comparative analysis for scholars and graduate students concerned with the archaeology of complex societies, the anthropology of food and feasting, ancient statecraft, archaeological approaches to micro-political processes, and the social interpretation of prehistoric pottery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306477300
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (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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