Pre-Columbian Foodways

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica

Editors: Staller, John, Carrasco, Michael (Eds.)

  • Offers interdisciplinary contributions from archaeology, the humanities, and earth sciences
  • Covers the Mesoamerican region as a whole
  • Demonstrates new methods of isotopic data research
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The significance of food and feasting to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures has been extensively studied by archaeologists, anthropologists and art historians. Foodways studies have been critical to our understanding of early agriculture, political economies, and the domestication and management of plants and animals. Scholars from diverse fields have explored the symbolic complexity of food and its preparation, as well as the social importance of feasting in contemporary and historical societies. This book unites these disciplinary perspectives — from the social and biological sciences to art history and epigraphy — creating a work comprehensive in scope, which reveals our increasing understanding of the various roles of foods and cuisines in Mesoamerican cultures.

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The volume is organized thematically into three sections. Part 1 gives an overview of food and feasting practices as well as ancient economies in Mesoamerica. Part 2 details ethnographic, epigraphic and isotopic evidence of these practices. Finally, Part 3 presents the metaphoric value of food in Mesoamerican symbolism, ritual, and mythology. The resulting volume provides a thorough, interdisciplinary resource for understanding, food, feasting, and cultural practices in Mesoamerica.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

  • Pre-Columbian Foodways in Mesoamerica

    Staller, John E. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Ethnohistoric Sources on Foodways, Feasts, and Festivals in Mesoamerica

    Staller, John E.

    Pages 23-69

  • Development of Agriculture in Prehistoric Mesoamerica: The Linguistic Evidence

    Brown, Cecil H.

    Pages 71-107

  • The Pastoral Niche in Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica

    Parsons, Jeffrey R.

    Pages 109-136

  • The Drink Mescal: Its Origin and Ritual Uses

    Serra, Mari Carmen (et al.)

    Pages 137-156

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eBook $199.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-8319-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pre-Columbian Foodways
Book Subtitle
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica
Editors
  • John Staller
  • Michael Carrasco
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-0471-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-0471-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-0470-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8319-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 691
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