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Early New World Monumentality
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Early New World Monumentality

Richard Burger and Robert Rosenswig

Abstract

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 architectural marve ... More

Keywords: monumental architecture, monumentality, early architecture, cultural complexity, prehistoric archaeology, Southeast United States, Mesoamerica, Andes, New World archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813038087
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813038087.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Burger, editor

Robert Rosenswig, editor

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Front Matter

I Introduction

1 Considering Early New World Monumentality

Robert M. Rosenswig, and Richard L. Burger

II North America

3 Shell Mounds of the Middle St. Johns Basin, Northeast Florida

Kenneth E. Sassaman, and Asa R. Randall

III Mesoamerica

IV Intermediate Area

V South America

10 Early Mounds and Monumental Art in Ancient Amazonia: History, Scale, Function, and Social Ecology

Anna C. Roosevelt, J. Douglas, B. Bevan, Maura Imazio da Silveira, and L. Brown

VI Conclusion

End Matter