In studies of ancient civilizations, the focus is often on the temples, palaces, and buildings created and then left behind, both because they survive and because of the awe they still inspire today. From the Mississippian mounds in the United States to the early pyramids of Peru, these monuments have been well-documented, but less attention has been paid to analyzing the logistical complexity involved in their creation. In this collection, prominent archaeologists explore the sophisticated political and logistical organizations that were required to plan and complete these architectu
Considering early New World monumentality / Robert M. Rosenswig and Richard L. Burger Early mounds in the lower Mississippi valley / Joe Saunders Shell mounds of the middle St. Johns Basin, Northeast Florida / Kenneth E. Sassaman and Asa R. Randall Monumentality in eastern North America during the Mississippian period / David G. Anderson Agriculture and monumentality in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico / Robert M. Rosenswig Early Olmec wetland mounds: investing energy to produce energy / Ann Cyphers and Judith Zurita-Noguera The origins of monumentality in ancient Guerrero, Mexico / Louise I. Paradis Early civilization in the Maya lowlands: monumentality and place-making a view from the Holmul region / Francisco Estrada-Belli Monumental architecture and social complexity in the intermediate area / R. Jeffrey Frost and Jeffrey Quilter Early mounds and monumental art in ancient Amazonia: history, scale, function, and social ecology / Anna C. Roosevelt, ... [et al.] Why do people build monuments: late archaic platform mounds in the Norte Chico / Jonathan Haas and Winifred Creamer Monumental architecture arising from an early astronomical-religious complex in Perú, 2200-1750 BC / Robert A. Benfer Jr. Preceramic and initial period monumentality within the Casma valley of Peru / Thomas Pozorski and Shelia Pozorski Monumental public complexes and agricultural expansion on Peru's central coast during the second millennium BC / Richard L. Burger and Lucy C. Salazar Agricultural terraces as monumental architecture in the Titcaca basin: their origins in the Yaya-Mama religious tradition / Sergio J. Chávez A west Asian perspective on early monuments / Frank Hole.
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