Archaeometallurgy in Mesoamerica

Current Approaches and New Perspectives

edited by Aaron N. Shugar and Scott E. Simmons

"This book will be a basic reference on the topic for many years to come, and will remain an essential source even as new field and laboratory studies develop. It is by far the best reference for metallurgy within the ancient Mesoamerican world system, and will be important for comparative studies between Mesoamerican and other early civilizations."
Phil Weigand, El Colegio de Michoacán

 

Presenting the latest in archaeometallurgical research in a Mesoamerican context, Archaeometallurgy in Mesoamerica brings together up-to-date research from the most notable scholars in the field. These contributors analyze data from a variety of sites, examining current approaches to the study of archaeometallurgy in the region as well as new perspectives on the significance metallurgy and metal objects had in the lives of its ancient peoples.

The chapters are organized following the cyclical nature of metals—beginning with extracting and mining ore, moving to smelting and casting of finished objects, and ending with recycling and deterioration back to the original state once the object is no longer in use. Data obtained from archaeological investigations, ethnohistoric sources, ethnographic studies, along with materials science analyses, are brought to bear on questions related to the integration of metallurgy into local and regional economies, the sacred connotations of copper objects, metallurgy as specialized crafting, and the nature of mining, alloy technology, and metal fabrication.

 

Aaron N. Shugar is an associate professor of conservation science in the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College.

Scott E. Simmons is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $70.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-200-9
  • Ebook Price: $55.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $9.99
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-210-8
  • Publication Month: January
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Illustrations: 36 B&W photographs, 27 line illustrations, 12 maps, 15 tables
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Aaron N. Shugar and Scott E. Simmons
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-200-9