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Visions of Tiwanaku

Edited By Alexei Vranich and Charles Stanish
Visions of Tiwanaku

ISBN: 978-0-917956-09-6

Publication Date: November 2013

Series: Monograph 78

Price: $75.00


What was Tiwanaku?” This question was posed to a select group of scholars that gathered for an intensive two-day conference at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. For over half a millennium, the megalithic ruins in the highlands of the Andes mountains have stood as proxy for the desires and ambitions of various empires and political agendas; in the last hundred years, scholars have attempted to answer this question by interpreting the shattered remains from a distant preliterate past. The conference pooled the decades of experience of a dozen leading scholars together with the recent field data of junior scholars (published separately in Volumes 2 and 3 of Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology). 

For over half a millennium, the megalithic ruins of Tiwanaku in the highlands of the Andes mountains have stood as proxy for the desires and ambitions of various empires and political agendas; in the last hundred years, scholars have attempted to answer the question “What was Tiwanaku?” by examining these shattered remains from a distant preliterate past. This volume contains twelve papers from senior scholars, whose contributions discuss subjects from the farthest points of the southern Andes, where the iconic artifacts of Tiwanaku appear as offerings to the departed, to the heralded ruins weathered by time and burdened by centuries of interpretation and speculation. Visions of Tiwanaku stays true to its name by providing a platform for each scholar to present an informed view on the nature of this enigmatic place that seems so familiar, yet continues to elude understanding by falling outside our established models for early cities and states.



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: December 2013

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: December 2013

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


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.  

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