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The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. The Development of Horticulture in the Eastern Woodlands of North America: Women’s Role

  3. Old World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Pharaohs, Feasts, and Foreigners

      • Stuart Tyson Smith
      Pages 39-64
    3. Feasting the Ancestors in Early China

      • Sarah Milledge Nelson
      Pages 65-89
  4. New World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 92-92
    2. To Dine Splendidly

      • Tamara L. Bray
      Pages 93-142
    3. From Stew-Eaters to Maize-Drinkers

      • Paul S. Goldstein
      Pages 143-172
    4. Pots, Politics, and Power

      • Anita G. Cook, Mary Glowacki
      Pages 173-202
    5. Feasting at Home

      • Julia A. Hendon
      Pages 203-233
    6. Aztec Feasts Rituals and Markets

      • Michael E. Smith, Jennifer B. Wharton, Jan Marie Olson
      Pages 235-268
  5. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 270-270
    2. Clearing the Table

      • Michael Dietler
      Pages 271-282
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 284-284
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 289-292

About this book

Food and feasting are increasingly recognized as having played a prominent role in the emergence of social hierarchies and the negotiation of power. Given the culinary nature of feasts, the archaeological visibility of such events is increased by the use of containers for both food preparation and consumption. The papers in this volume examine the commensal politics of early states and empires and offer a comparative perspective on how food and feasting have figured in the political calculus of archaic states in both the Old and New Worlds.
The contributors provide important new insights into the strategies of early statecraft and the role of pots as political tools by focusing on questions such as:

-What was the nature of the relationship between food, power, status, and identity in the context of early states?
-Was feasting a universally important element in the construction of state power?
-How do archaeologically discernible patterns of state feasting compare cross-culturally and through time?

Keywords

  • Archaic period in North America
  • Mesopotamia
  • Vor- und Frühgeschichte
  • archaic states
  • manners

Editors and Affiliations

  • Wayne State University, Detroit

    Tamara L. Bray

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires

  • Editors: Tamara L. Bray

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/b100538

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag US 2003

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-306-47730-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-0-306-47771-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-306-48246-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 292

  • Topics: Archaeology, Anthropology, History

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Softcover Book
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USD 169.99
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