The Power of Feasts: From Prehistory to the Present

The Power of Feasts: From Prehistory to the Present

by Brian Hayden

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ISBN-13: 9781107042995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Brian Hayden is Professor Emeritus in the Archaeology Department at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on the behaviors, societies, economics, rituals, and political organizations of past people and, specifically, the dynamics of feasting from an ethnoarchaeological perspective. He has worked with traditional people in Australia, the Maya Highlands, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Polynesia, and British Columbia in order to learn about traditional technologies and how they are linked to the other aspects of cultures. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Archaeology: the Science of Once and Future Things; The Pithouses of Keatley Creek; Shamans, Sorcerers, and Saints: The Prehistory of Religion; Feasts (with Michael Dietler); Paleolithic Reflections; and Lithic Studies among the Highland Maya.

Table of Contents

1. Before the feast: overview of the importance of feasting; 2. Food sharing and the primate foundations of feasting behavior Suzanne Villeneuve; 3. Simple hunter/gatherers; 4. Transegalitarian hunter/gatherers; 5. Domesticating plants and animals for feasts; 6. The horticultural explosion; 7. Chiefs up the ante; 8. The first states; 9. Feasting in industrial societies.

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