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Human Sacrifice, Militarism, and Rulership

Human Sacrifice, Militarism, and Rulership
Materialization of State Ideology at the Feathered Serpent Pyramid, Teotihuacan

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Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521780568

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  • Teotihuacan was the largest urban center in the New World in the first two centuries AD, and the Feathered Serpent Pyramid was a spectacular symbol of state power. Saburo Sugiyama investigates the ritual sacrifice of some 200 men and women that marked the erection of the Pyramid in this volume, the first substantial archaeological analysis of the political institutions of Teotihuacan based on stratigraphically recorded evidence. In the process, he illuminates our understanding of urbanization, the ritual behavior of elites, and the role of warfare and sacrifice in early Teotihuacan statecraft.

    • Teotihuacan is the largest archaeological site in Mesoamerica and of huge significance to our understanding of New World prehistory
    • This is the first substantial analysis of the political institutions of Teotihuacan to be based on stratigraphically recorded evidence
    • Makes an important contribution to debates on the nature of the early state, in Mesoamerica and beyond
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    'This is a remarkable achievement and will be a deeply influential contribution to all future discussions of Teotihuacan.' Dr David Freidel, Southern Methodist University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521780568
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 182 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.762kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: cognition of state symbols and polity
    2. Background: data and ideation
    3. The Ciudadela and the city layout
    4. Architecture and sculpture
    5. Burials
    6. Offerings
    7. Overview: sacrificial and elite burials
    8. Conclusion: Feathered Serpent Pyramid as symbol of sacrifice, militarism, and rulership.

  • Author

    Saburo Sugiyama, Aichi Prefectural University, Japan
    Saburo Sugiyama is a Professor in the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Aichi Prefectural University, Japan. He has contributed to a number of edited works on Mesoamerican archaeology including Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice (Blackwell Publishing, 2003).

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