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Fall 2009 New Publications

by eric — last modified October 22, 2009 02:45 PM

By Eric Gardner | 10.22.09

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press is proud to announce the publication of two new books. Both titles are available for sale at the Publications office and through our book distributor, David Brown Book Company.

Andean Civilization

Andean Civilization:
A Tribute to Michael E Moseley

Edited by Joyce Marcus and Patrick Ryan Williams
Monograph 63
ISBN 978-1-931745-54-3 (cloth),
978-1-931745-53-6 (paper)
Publication Date: July 2009
Price: US $80 cloth, $44.95 paper

This volume brings together exciting new field data by more than two dozen Andean scholars who came together to honor their friend, colleague, and mentor.

An invaluable addition to any Andeanist’s library, the papers in this book demonstrate the enormous breadth and influence of Moseley’s work and the vibrant range of exciting new work by his former students and collaborators in fieldwork.

Blood and Beauty cover

Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America

Edited by Heather Orr and Rex Koontz
Ideas, Debates, and Perspectives 4
ISBN: 978-1-931745-80-2 (cloth),
978-1-931745-58-1 (paper)
Publication Date: September 2009
Price: US $95 cloth, $65 paper

Warfare, ritual human sacrifice, and the rubber ballgame have been the traditional categories through which scholars have examined organized violence in the artistic and material records of ancient Mesoamerica and Central America. This volume expands those traditional categories to include such concerns as gladiatorial-like boxing combats, investiture rites, trophy-head taking and display, dark shamanism, and the subjective pain inherent in acts of violence. Each author examines organized violence as a set of practices grounded in cultural understandings, even when the violence threatens the limits of those understandings. The authors scrutinize the representations of, and relationships between, different types of organized violence, as well as the implications of those activities, which can include the unexpected, such as violence as a means of determining and curing illness, and the use of violence in negotiation strategies.

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