Warfare is a constant in human history. Contributors to this book contend that agency and culture, inherited values and dispositions (such as religion and other cultural practices), beliefs, and institutions are always woven into the conduct of war. Using archaeological and ethnohistorical data from various parts of the world, the contributors explore the multiple avenues for the cultural study of warfare that these ideas make possible. Contributions focus on cultural aspects of warfare in Mesoamerica, South America, North America, and Southeast Asia.
About the Author
Axel E. Nielsen is an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona as well as professor titular of prehistory at the Universidad de Córdoba in Argentina.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Archaeology of War in Practice Axel E. Nielsen William H. Walker 1
1 Variation in the Practice of Prehispanic Warfare on the North Coast of Peru Theresa Lange Topic John R. Topic 17
2 Culture and Practice of War in Maya Society Takeshi Inomata Daniela Triadan 56
3 War Is Shell: The Ideology and Embodiment of Mississippian Conflict Charles R. Cobb Bretton Giles 84
4 Warfare and the Practice of Supernatural Agents William H. Walker 109
5 Warfare in Precolonial Central Amazonia: When Carneiro Meets Clastres Eduardo Góes Neves 139
6 Warfare and Political Complexity in an Egalitarian Society: An Ethnohistorical Example Polly Wiessner 165
7 Warfare, Space, and Identity in the South-Central Andes: Constraints and Choices Elizabeth Arkush 190
8 Ancestors at War: Meaningful Conflict and Social Process in the South Andes Axel E. Nielsen 218
9 Wars, Rumors of Wars, and the Production of Violence Timothy R. Pauketat 244
References Cited 269
About the Contributors 317