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Human Sacrifice, Militarism, and Rulership

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

Part of New Studies in Archaeology

  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521780568

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  • Teotihuacan was one of the earliest and more populous preColumbian cities, and the Feathered Serpent was its vital monument, erected circa 200 AD. This work explores the religious meanings and political implications of the pyramid with meticulous and thorough analyses of substantially new excavation data. Challenging the traditional view of the city as a legendary, sacred, or anonymously-governed centre, the book provides significant new insights on the Teotihuacan polity and society. It provides interpretations on the pyramid's location, architecture, sculptures, iconography, mass sacrificial graves and rich symbolic offerings, and concludes that the pyramid commemorated the accession of rulers who were inscribed to govern with military force on behalf of the gods. This archaeological examination of the monument shows it to be the physical manifestation of state ideologies such as the symbolism of human sacrifice, militarism, and individual-centred divine authority, ideologies which were later diffused among other Mesoamerican urban centres.

    • 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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    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521780568
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 182 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.762kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • 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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