Recent Advances in the Archaeology of the Northern Andes
Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo and J. Scott Raymond
The Northern Andes is a pivotal region for understanding many of the social, economic, political, and ideological changes that pre-Columbian cultures experienced. Each chapter in this volume presents a synthesis of an aspect of recent research in the region. Topics include recent investigations on human colonization of the region, the origins of sedentism and food production, the rise of chiefdoms, and the importance of symbolism and iconography. In publishing recent significant research that has been carried out in the region, the volume also pays homage to the late Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, a giant among anthropologists and Colombia’s most prolific and renowned archaeologist. Much of the research presented here either emerged directly from work initiated by Reichel-Dolmatoff or was inspired by his ideas and interests. When Gerardo died in 1994, Colombia and Latin American archaeology and anthropology lost a brilliant scholar. His legacy of academic achievement and inspiration is, however, rich—as this book amply demonstrates.
Subjects: New World Archaeology, Northwestern South America, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, pre-Colombian culture
Publication Date: 1998
Series: Monograph 39
Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
Price: US $32.00
The Construction of Value
Scholars from Aristotle to Marx and beyond have been fascinated by the question of what constitutes value. The Construction of Value in the Ancient World makes a significant contribution to this ongoing inquiry, bringing together in one comprehensive volume the perspectives of leading anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, linguists, philologists, and sociologists on how value was created, defined, and expressed in a number of ancient societies around the world. Based on the basic premise that value is a social construct defined by the cultural context in which it is situated, the volume explores four overarching but closely interrelated themes: place value, body value, object value, and number value. The questions raised and addressed are of central importance to archaeologists studying ancient civilizations: How can we understand the value that might have been accorded to materials, objects, people, places, and patterns of action by those who produced or used the things that compose the human material record? Taken as a whole, the contributions to this volume demonstrate how the concept of value lies at the intersection of individual and collective tastes, desires, sentiments, and attitudes that inform the ways people select, or give priority to, one thing over another.