The Measure And Meaning Of Time In Mesoamerica And The Andes Dumbarton Oaks Pre Columbian Symposia And Colloquia

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Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
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Westerners think of time as a measure of duration, a metric quantity that is continuous, homogeneous, unchangeable, and never ending―a reality that lies outside of human existence. How did the people of Mesoamerica and the Andes, isolated as they were from the rest of the world, conceive of their histories? How and why did they time their rituals? What knowledge can we acquire about their time from studying the material record they have left behind?

This volume brings together specialists in anthropology, archaeology, art history, astronomy, and the history of science to contemplate concrete and abstract temporal concepts gleaned from the Central Mexicans, Mayans, and Andeans. Contributors first address how people reckon and register time; they compare the western linear, progressive way of knowing time with the largely cyclic notions of temporality derived from the Americas, and they dissect, explain, and explore the origins of the complex dynastic and ritual calendars of the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs. They subsequently consider how people sense time and its moral dimensions. Time becomes an inescapable feature of the process of perception, an entity that occupies a succession of moments rather than the knife-edge present ingrained in our Western minds.


Past Presented

Author: Joanne Pillsbury
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 9780884023807
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"Volume based on papers presented at the symposium "Past Presented: A Symposium on the History of Archaeological Illustration," held at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., on October 9-10, 2009."

Merchants Markets And Exchange In The Pre Columbian World

Author: Kenn Hirth
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 9780884023869
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This title examines the structure, scale and complexity of economic systems in the pre-Hispanic Americas, with a focus on the central highlands of Mexico, the Maya Lowlands and the central Andes.

Palaces Of The Ancient New World

Author: Susan Toby Evans
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Pub Service
ISBN: 9780884023418
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This volume explores the great houses of the ancient New World, from palaces of the Aztecs and Incas, looted by the Spanish conquistadors, to those lost high in the Andes and deep in the jungle.

The Oxford Handbook Of The Aztecs

Author: Deborah L. Nichols
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199341966
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Articles in the Handbook take up new research trends and methodologies and current debates. The Handbook articles are divided into seven parts.

Archaeology In Latin America

Author: Benjamin Alberti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134597835
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This book draws together key areas of research in Latin American archaeological thought into a coherent whole; no other volume on this area has ever dealt with such a diverse range of subjects, and some of the countries examined have never ...

Native Traditions In The Postconquest World

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks
ISBN: 9780884022398
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"Important anthology marking, but not celebrating, the Columbian Quincentenary, directing attention to indigenous cultural responses to the Spanish intrusion in Mexico and Peru, utilizing as much as possible native documents and sources, ...

Archaeologies Of Complexity

Author: Robert Chapman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113448240X
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Presenting a radical, alternative view of ancient state societies, the book explains the often ambiguous terms of 'complexity', 'hierarchy' and inequality' and provides a critical account of the Anglo-American research of the last forty ...

War In The Tribal Zone

Author: R. Brian Ferguson
Publisher: James Currey
ISBN: 9780852559130
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In this text, the editors aim to make it impossible for researchers and theorists to treat preindustrial warfare without addressing the larger contexts within which all societies are embedded.