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  • Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World
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  • Edited by Benjamin S. Arbuckle and Sue Ann McCarty
  • 2015
  • Published by: University Press of Colorado
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Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World explores the current trends in the social archaeology of human-animal relationships, focusing on the ways in which animals are used to structure, create, support, and even deconstruct social inequalities.

The authors provide a global range of case studies from both New and Old World archaeology—a royal Aztec dog burial, the monumental horse tombs of Central Asia, and the ceremonial macaw cages of ancient Mexico among them. They explore the complex relationships between people and animals in social, economic, political, and ritual contexts, incorporating animal remains from archaeological sites with artifacts, texts, and iconography to develop their interpretations.

Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World presents new data and interpretations that reveal the role of animals, their products, and their symbolism in structuring social inequalities in the ancient world. The volume will be of interest to archaeologists, especially zooarchaeologists, and classical scholars of pre-modern civilizations and societies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Benjamin S. Arbuckle, Sue Ann McCarty
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Animals and the State
  2. Nawa Sugiyama, Gilberto Pérez, Bernardo Rodríguez, Fabiola Torres, Raúl Valadez
  3. pp. 11-32
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  1. 2. Entering the Underworld
  2. Leonardo López Luján, Ximena Chávez Balderas, Belem Zúñiga-Arellano, Alejandra Aguirre Molina, Norma Valentín Maldonado
  3. pp. 33-62
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  1. 3. The Luxury of Variety
  2. Susan D. DeFrance
  3. pp. 63-84
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  1. 4. Shifting Patterns of Maya Social Complexity through Time
  2. Ashley E. Sharpe, William A. Saturno, Kitty F. Emery
  3. pp. 85-106
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  1. 5. Animals as Symbols, Animals as Resources
  2. H. Edwin Jackson
  3. pp. 107-124
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  1. 6. The Parrots of Paquimé
  2. Abigail Holeman
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. 7. Ritual, Cuisine, and Commensal Politics at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
  2. Adam S. Watson
  3. pp. 145-166
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  1. 8. Pelts and Provisions
  2. Charlotte K. Sunseri
  3. pp. 167-186
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  1. 9. Animals and Social Change
  2. Arkadiusz Marciniak
  3. pp. 187-208
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  1. 10. Inequality and the Origins of Wool Production in Central Anatolia
  2. Benjamin S. Arbuckle
  3. pp. 209-230
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  1. 11. Tracing Inequality from Assur to Kültepe/Kanesh
  2. Levent Atici
  3. pp. 231-250
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  1. 12. Animal, Human, God
  2. Roderick Campbell
  3. pp. 251-274
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  1. 13. Inequality on the Surface
  2. Joshua Wright
  3. pp. 275-294
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  1. 14. Pythons, Pigs, and Political Process in the Hueda Kingdom, Benin, West Africa AD 1650–1727
  2. Neil L. Norman
  3. pp. 295-314
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  1. 15. “Tails” of Romanization
  2. Michael MacKinnon
  3. pp. 315-334
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  1. 16. Wool Production, Wealth, and Trade in Middle Saxon England
  2. Pam J. Crabtree, Douglas V. Campana
  3. pp. 335-352
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  1. 17. The Rhetoric of Meat Apportionment
  2. Naomi Sykes
  3. pp. 353-374
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 377-388
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