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Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala Vol. 1

Edited By Richard Lesure

Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala Vol. 1

ISBN: 978-1-931745-69-7

Publication Date: January 2014

Series: Monumenta Archaaologica 33

Price: $75.00


This book, the first volume of a projected three, reports on excavations at Formative-period sites in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico.  The transition to the Formative in the relatively high-altitude study region is later than it was in choice regions for early agriculture elsewhere in Mesoamerica. From 900 B.C.E., however, population growth and sociopolitical development were rapid. A central claim in the research presented here is that a macroregional perspective is essential for understanding the local Formative sequence. In this volume, excavations at three village sites (Amomoloc, Tetel, and Las Mesitas) and one modest regional center (La Laguna) are reported. Ceramics are described in detail. An innovative approach to the classification of figurines is presented, and a Formative chronology for the region is proposed based on seriation of refuse contexts and radiocarbon dates. The work concludes with a macroregional framework to be used in the analysis of subsistence, social relations, and political economy in Volumes 2 and 3.

 

 

Archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age: From Erlitou to Anyang

By Roderick B. Campbell

Chinese Bronze Age

ISBN: 978-1-931745-98-7

Publication Date: January 2014

Series: Monograph 79

Price: $55.00


Archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age is a synthesis of recent Chinese archaeological work on the second millennium B.C.E., the period associated with China’s first dynasties and East Asia’s first “states.” Focused on Early China’s great metropolitan centers in the Central Plains and their hinterlands, this work attempts to contextualize them within their wider zones of interaction from the Yangtze to the edge of the Mongolian steppe, and from the Yellow Sea to the Tibetan plateau and the Gansu corridor. This book critically presents the current state of Chinese archaeology on the second millennium in a way that brings to English readers the complexity of Early Chinese culture history, the variety and development of its urban formations, and the larger context of Central Plains Civilization. Although employing “Chinese” and “Bronze Age” in the title for the sake of familiarity, this work attempts to complicate both terms by showing East Asia’s divergent developmental paths and re-examining its deep past without the anachronistic lens of later historiography or over-simplistic evolutionary assumptions. This, it is hoped, will contribute to a more nuanced basis for understandings of China’s Early Bronze Age.

 

 

New Insights into the Iron Age Archaeology of Edom, Southern Jordan

Edited By Thomas E. Levy, Mohammad Najjar, and Erez Ben-Yosef

Edom Photo

ISBN: TBA

Publication Date: 2014

Series: TBA

Price: TBA


Situated south of the Dead Sea, near the famous Nabatean capital of Petra, the Faynan region in Jordan contains the largest deposits of copper ore in the southern Levant. The Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP) takes an anthropological archaeology approach to the deep-time study of culture change in one of the Old World’s most important locales for studying technological development. Using innovative digital tools for data recording, curation, analyses and dissemination, the researchers focused on ancient mining and metallurgy as the subject of surveys and excavations related to the Iron Age (ca. 1200–500 B.C.E.), when the first local, historical state-level societies appeared in this part of the eastern Mediterranean basin. This comprehensive and important volume challenges the current scholarly consensus concerning the emergence and historicity of the Iron Age polity of biblical Edom and some of its neighbors, such as ancient Israel. 

 

 

The Excavation of the Prehistoric Burial Tumulus at Lofkënd, Albania

By John K. Papadopoulos, Sarah P. Morris, Lorenc Bejko, and Lynne A. Schepartz

Lofkend Photo

ISBN: TBA

Publication Date: 2014

Series: TBA

Price: TBA


The burial tumulus of Lofkënd lies in one of the richest archaeological areas of Albania, ancient Illyria, home to a number of burial tumuli spanning the Bronze and Iron Ages of later prehistory. Some were robbed long ago, others were reused for modern burials; just a few were excavated under scientific conditions. Modern understanding of the pre- and protohistory of Illyria has largely been shaped by the contents of such burial mounds. What inspired the systematic exploration of Lofkënd by UCLA was more than the promise of an unplundered necropolis; it was also a chance to revisit the significance of this tumulus and its fellows for the emergence of urbanism and complexity in ancient Illyria. In addition to artifacts, the recovery of surviving plant remains, bones, and other organic material contributed insights into the environmental and ecological history of the region. The analysis of the skeletal remains, both inhumed and cremated, enhanced knowledge of the demography and human population in this region of Albania. 

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