Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Mesoamerican Writing Systems

Mesoamerican Writing Systems

Benson, Elizabeth P.

Cover: Highland-Lowland Interaction in Mesoamerica: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Highland-Lowland Interaction in Mesoamerica: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Miller, Arthur G.

Cover: The Aztec Templo Mayor

The Aztec Templo Mayor

Boone, Elizabeth Hill

Cover: Wealth and Hierarchy in the Intermediate Area

Wealth and Hierarchy in the Intermediate Area

Lange, Frederick W.

Cover: Aztec Imperial Strategies

Aztec Imperial Strategies

Berdan, Frances F.
Blanton, Richard E.
Boone, Elizabeth Hill
Hodge, Mary G.
Smith, Michael E.
Umberger, Emily

Cover: Native Traditions in the Postconquest World

Native Traditions in the Postconquest World

Boone, Elizabeth Hill
Cummins, Tom

Cover: Function and Meaning in Classic Maya Architecture

Function and Meaning in Classic Maya Architecture

Houston, Stephen D.

Cover: Social Patterns in Pre-Classic Mesoamerica

Social Patterns in Pre-Classic Mesoamerica

Grove, David C.
Joyce, Rosemary A.

Cover: Archaeology of Formative Ecuador

Archaeology of Formative Ecuador

Raymond, J. Scott
Burger, Richard L.

This volume is devoted to the archaeology of Formative Ecuador in order to bring new information on this important period of the region’s past to the attention of New World scholars.

Cover: Palaces of the Ancient New World

Palaces of the Ancient New World

Evans, Susan Toby
Pillsbury, Joanne

As in the Old World, kings and nobles of ancient Mexico and Peru had luxurious administrative quarters in cities, and exquisite pleasure palaces in the countryside. This volume explores the great houses of the ancient New World, from palaces of the Aztecs and Incas, looted by the Spanish conquistadors, to those lost high in the Andes and deep in the jungle.

Cover: New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization

New Perspectives on Moche Political Organization

Quilter, Jeffrey
Castillo B, Luis Jaime

This volume brings together essays on the nature of political organization of the Moche, a complex pre-Inca society that existed on the north coast of Peru from c. 100 to 800 CE. Since the discovery of the royal tombs of Sipán in 1987, the Moche have become one of the best-known pre-Hispanic cultures of the Americas and the focus of a number of archaeological projects. But the nature of Moche political organization is still debated. Based on a set of papers presented by 16 international scholars at the 2004 Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Studies symposium, this volume marks an important point in the development of Moche archaeology.

Cover: The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition

The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition

Guernsey, Julia
Clark, John E.
Arroyo, Barbara

This volume considers the significance of stone monuments in Preclassic Mesoamerica, focusing on the period following the precocious appearance of monumental sculpture at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo and preceding the rise of the Classic polities in the Maya region and Central Mexico. By quite literally “placing” sculptures in their cultural, historical, social, political, religious, and cognitive contexts, the seventeen contributors utilize archaeological and art historical methods to understand the origins, growth, and spread of civilization in Middle America.

Cover: Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past

Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past

Boone, Elizabeth Hill

The history of Pre-Columbian collecting is a social and aesthetic history—of ideas, people and organizations, and objects. This richly illustrated volume examines these histories by considering the collection and display of Pre-Columbian objects in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Cover: Twin Tollans: Chichén Itzá, Tula, and the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerican World, Revised Edition

Twin Tollans: Chichén Itzá, Tula, and the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerican World, Revised Edition

Kowalski, Jeff Karl
Kristan-Graham, Cynthia

This volume is a “must read” for all Mesoamericanists. Originally published in 2007, it revisits long-standing questions regarding the relationship between Chichén Itzá and Tula and considers their roles in the social, political, and economic relationships that emerged during the transition from the Epiclassic to the Early Postclassic period.

Cover: Their Way of Writing: Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies in Pre-Columbian America

Their Way of Writing: Scripts, Signs, and Pictographies in Pre-Columbian America

Boone, Elizabeth Hill
Urton, Gary

Their Way of Writing considers substantive and theoretical issues concerning writing and signing systems in the ancient Americas. The contributions here not only present the latest thinking about graphic and tactile systems of communication but constitute a major contribution to our comparative and global understanding of writing and literacy.

Cover: Tombs for the Living: Andean Mortuary Practices

Tombs for the Living: Andean Mortuary Practices

Dillehay, Tom D.

Tombs for the Living examines how mortuary practices functioned in different cultures across the Andes. By examining rich sets of archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistoric data, this collection enriches our understanding of the context and meaning of mortuary traditions in the region.

Cover: The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery

The Art of Urbanism: How Mesoamerican Kingdoms Represented Themselves in Architecture and Imagery

Fash, William L.
López Luján, Leonardo

This volume explores how ancient Mesoamerican cities defined themselves through their built environments. Themes include the ways in which a kingdom’s monuments reflected geographic space, patron gods, and mythology, and how the Olmec, Maya, Mexica, Zapotecs, and others sought to center their world through architectural monuments and public art.

Cover: Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas

Past Presented: Archaeological Illustration and the Ancient Americas

Pillsbury, Joanne

Archaeological illustrations are often treated as neutral representations. This volume considers them instead as products of time and place that actively shape the construction of knowledge. Taking the visual presentation of the Pre-Columbian past from the fifteenth century to today, these essays explore the culture of archaeological illustration.

Cover: Merchants, Markets, and Exchange in the Pre-Columbian World

Merchants, Markets, and Exchange in the Pre-Columbian World

Hirth, Kenneth G.
Pillsbury, Joanne

Merchants, Markets, and Exchange in the Pre-Columbian World investigates the complex structure of economic systems in the pre-Hispanic Americas, with a focus on the central highlands of Mexico, the Maya Lowlands, and the central Andes. Essays examine the use of marketplaces, the role of merchants and artisans, and the operation of trade networks.

Cover: Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes

Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes

Scherer, Andrew K.
Verano, John W.

Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places examines the nature of war in Mesoamerica and the Andes. Drawing on anthropological archaeology, bioarchaeology, and ethnohistory, the essays consider the similarities and differences of warfare in cross-cultural perspective, from the importance of captive-taking to rituals of sacrifice and performance.

Cover: The Measure and Meaning of Time in Mesoamerica and the Andes

The Measure and Meaning of Time in Mesoamerica and the Andes

Aveni, Anthony F.

Anthony F. Aveni gathers specialists from diverse fields to discuss temporal concepts gleaned from the people of Mesoamerica and the Andes. Essays address how they reckon and register time and how they sense time and its moral dimensions. To them, time is a feature of the process of perception, not just the sharp present ingrained in Western minds.

Cover: Making Value, Making Meaning: Techné in the Pre-Columbian World

Making Value, Making Meaning: Techné in the Pre-Columbian World

Costin, Cathy Lynne

Making Value, Making Meaning explores the concept of techné—the application of a thorough and masterful knowledge of a specific field—as an analytic tool useful for understanding how the production process created value and meaning for objects and public monuments in complex societies of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes.

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