Warfare in Cultural Context: Practice, Agency, and the Archaeology of Violence

Warfare in Cultural Context: Practice, Agency, and the Archaeology of Violence

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ISBN-13: 9780816531028
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 02/05/2014
Series: Amerind Studies in Archaeology Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,167,082
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Part I

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

Part II

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

Notes 263

References Cited 269

About the Contributors 317

Index 322

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