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Ideology and Pre-Columbian Civilizations

Edited by Arthur A. Demarest and Geoffrey W. Conrad

Ideology1992. 280 pp., 16 black-and-white illustrations, notes, references, index, 6 x 91992. 280 pp., 16 black-and-white illustrations, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Employing data from central Mexico, the Maya area, coastal Peru, and highland Peru and Bolivia, directors of several major archaeological field projects interpret evidence of prehistoric ideology and address the question, has ideology any relevance in the reconstruction of prehistory? 

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Contributors: Robert L. Carneiro, Geoffrey W. Conrad, George L. Cowgill, Arthur A. Demarest, David A. Freidel, Susan D. Gillespie, David C. Grove, Alan L. Kolata, Robert McC. Adams, David J. Wilson

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  • “This excellent volume consists of ten papers by archeologists debating the role of ideology in the formation and development of Pre-Columbian civilizations. The participants include directors of regional field projects that have reconstructed episodes of the rise and expansions of complex societies… [T]he rich material offered in this book … maintains the balance between broader theoretical perspectives and concrete data of the cultures involved.”
    Lourens Minnema, Bijdragen, Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie En Theologie 56 (1995)
  • “This important book departs from American archaeology by focusing upon ‘ideology’ in cultural evolution and change... This book is essential reading for all scholars looking for a different perspective on the origins of civilization.”
    Patricia O’Brien, Journal of the West (July 1995)

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