Archaeology of Performance: Theaters of Power, Community, and Politics

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Takeshi Inomata, Lawrence S. Coben
Rowman Altamira, 2006 - Social Science - 339 pages
Performances in the premodern communities shaped identities, created meanings, generated and maintained political control. But unlike other social scientists, archaeologists have not worked much with these concepts. Archaeology of Performance shows how the notions of theatricality and spectacle are as important economics and politics in understanding how ancient communities work. Without sacrificing conceptual rigor, the contributors draw on the wide-ranging literature on performance. Without sacrificing material evidence, they try to see how performance creates meaning and ideology. Drawing on evidence from societies large and small, Archaeology of Performance offers an important new ways of understanding ancient theaters of power.
 

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Contents

Behind the Scenes Producing the Performance
3
CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES
9
Overture An Invitation to the Archaeological Theater
11
SENSES SPECTACLE AND PERFORMANCE
45
The Indians Were Much Given to Their Taquis Drumming and Generative Categories in Ancient Andean
47
The Spectacle of Daily Performance at Çatalhöyük
81
Representational Aesthetics and Political Subjectivity The Spectacular in Urartian Images of Performance
103
Impersonation Dance and the Problem of Spectacle among the Classic Maya
135
Dancing Gods Ritual Performance and Political Organization in the Prehistoric Southwest
159
Politics and Theatricality in Mayan Society
187
Other Cuzcos Replicated Theaters of Inka Power
223
Public Ceremonial Performance in Ancient Egypt Exclusion and Integration
261
Visible and Vocal Sovereigns of the Early Merina Madagascar State
303
Index
330
About the Contributors
337
Copyright

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OF POWER AND COMMUNITY
157

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Takeshi Inomata is an associate professor in anthropology at University of Arizona. Lawrence S. Coben is the director of Proyecto Inkallakta (Incallajta), a multidisciplinary project centered at the monumental Inka site of that name in central Bolivia.

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