The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya

The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya is the first edited volume in a quarter century to provide an overview of this fascinating archaeological subarea of Mesoamerica, encompassing Pacific Nicaragua and northwestern Costa Rica.

Author: Larry Steinbrenner

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781646421510

Category: Social Science

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The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya is the first edited volume in a quarter century to provide an overview of this fascinating archaeological subarea of Mesoamerica, encompassing Pacific Nicaragua and northwestern Costa Rica. Inhabited by diverse peoples of Mesoamerican origin centuries before Spanish colonization, Greater Nicoya remains controversial in the twenty-first century as scholars struggle to achieve consensus on questions of geography, chronology, and cultural identity. Drawing on approaches ranging from ethnohistory to bioarchaeology to scientific and culture-historical archaeology, the book is organized into sections on redefining Greater Nicoya, projects and surveys, material culture, and mortuary practices. Individual chapters explore Indigenous groups and their origins, extensive summaries of the three largest scholarly archaeological projects completed in Pacific Nicaragua in the last quarter century, clear evidence of Mesoamerican connections from Costa Rica’s Bay of Culebra, detailed histories of lithic analysis and rock art studies in Nicaragua, new insights into mortuary and cultural practices based on osteological evidence, and reinterpretations of diagnostic ceramic types as products of related potting communities and the first definitive identification of production centers for these types. Drawing upon new 14C dates, this volume also provides the most substantial revision of the late pre-colonial chronology since the 1960s, a correction that has critical implications for understanding the prehistory of Greater Nicoya.
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Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America

Nicoya , Greater , and Guanacaste Region The archaeological subarea called Greater Nicoya ( Spanish , Gran Nicoya ) comprises the northwestern region of Costa Rica and the Pacific region of Nicaragua . As I have written elsewhere ...

Author: Susan Toby Evans

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0815308876

Category: Reference

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Personal Adornment and the Construction of Identity

Acknowledgements Archaeological investigations have been supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Reseach Council and the ... Abel-Vidor, S. (1980) The historical sources for the Greater Nicoya archaeological subarea.

Author: Hannah V. Mattson

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 9781789255980

Category: Social Science

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Objects of adornment have been a subject of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic study for well over a century. Within archaeology, personal ornaments have traditionally been viewed as decorative embellishments associated with status and wealth, materializations of power relations and social strategies, or markers of underlying social categories such as those related to gender, class, and ethnic affiliation. Personal Adornment and the Construction of Identity seeks to understand these artefacts not as signals of steady, pre-existing cultural units and relations, but as important components in the active and contingent constitution of identities. Drawing on contemporary scholarship on materiality and relationality in archaeological and social theory, this book uses one genre of material culture - items of bodily adornment - to illustrate how humans and objects construct one another. Providing case studies spanning 10 countries, three continents, and more than 9,000 years of human history, the authors demonstrate the myriad and dynamic ways personal ornaments were intertwined with embodied practice and identity performativity, the creation and remaking of social memories, and relational collections of persons, materials, and practices in the past. The authors’ careful analyses of production methods and composition, curation/heirlooming and reworking, decorative attributes and iconography, position within assemblages, and depositional context illuminate the varied material and relational axes along which objects of adornment contained social value and meaning. When paired with the broad temporal and geographic scope collectively represented by these studies, we gain a deeper appreciation for the subtle but vital roles these items played in human lives.
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The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals

by the time the first europeans reached southwest nicaragua and northwest Costa rica, the archaeological subarea today called “greater nicoya” was densely populated by a number of distinct native groups. oviedo lists seven indigenous ...

Author: Kitty F. Emery

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781937040154

Category: Science

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Recognition of the role of animals in ancient diet, economy, politics, and ritual is vital to understanding ancient cultures fully, while following the clues available from animal remains in reconstructing environments is vital to understanding the ancient relationship between humans and the world around them. In response to the growing interest in the field of zooarchaeology, this volume presents current research from across the many cultures and regions of Mesoamerica, dealing specifically with the most current issues in zooarchaeological literature. Geographically, the essays collected here index the different aspects of animal use by the indigenous populations of the entire area between the northern borders of Mexico and the southern borders of lower Central America. This includes such diverse cultures as the north Mexican hunter-gatherers, the Olmec, Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Central American Indians. The time frame of the volume extends from the earliest human occupation, the Preclassic, Classic, Postclassic, and Colonial manifestations, to recent times. The book's chapters, written by experts in the field of Mesoamerican zooarchaeology, provide important general background on the domestic and ritual use of animals in early and classic Mesoamerica and Central America, but deal also with special aspects of human-animal relationships such as early domestication and symbolism of animals, and important yet otherwise poorly represented aspects of taphonomy and zooarchaeological methodology. Spanish-language version also available (ISBN 978-1-937040-12-3).
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44 Congreso Internacional de Americanistas

Bibliography S. Abel - Vidor , ' The Historical Sources for the Greater Nicoya Archaeological Subarea ' , ( 1980 ) Vinculos 6 ( 2 ) : 155–76 . ' Ethnohistorical Approaches to the Archaeology of Greater Nicoya ' , in Between Contintents ...

Author: John Lynch

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719009723

Category: America

Page: 314

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Paths to Central American Prehistory

This landmark volume brings together contributions by some of the most distinguished pioneers of Central American archaeology as well as those of younger scholars from North America, Europe, and Central America.

Author: Frederick W. Lange

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015037319608

Category: History

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This landmark volume brings together contributions by some of the most distinguished pioneers of Central American archaeology as well as those of younger scholars from North America, Europe, and Central America. This ambitious work demonstrates the parallel ongoing needs to pursue theoretical and methodological advances while dedicating equal efforts to filling in the blank spaces in the archaeological map of Central America, where even the most basic surveys and chronological sequences are lacking. The contributions represent a range in specialties that include archaeology, precolumbian art history, new analytical techniques, and exploration of unknown geographical areas. Paths to Central American Prehistory covers El Salvador and Honduras through Panama, from the Paleoindian period to the time of the Spanish invasion. It will have wide appeal to Mesoamerican and Central American archaeologists as well as to general readers with a serious interest in the archaeology of the area.
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Archaeology Volcanism and Remote Sensing in the Arenal Region Costa Rica

"This book contains 17 chapters by 13 authors; 10 are single-authored and the others by various combinations of multiple authors.

Author: Payson D. Sheets

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292776678

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

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"This book contains 17 chapters by 13 authors; 10 are single-authored and the others by various combinations of multiple authors. The work is meticulous ranging from regional to site descriptions, and covering remote sensing applications, chipped stone, ground stone, jewelry, phytoliths, pollen, and macrobotanicals. An excellent account of the archaeology in this region beginning with Paleoindian occupations. Provides a complementary data set to those collected under similar circumstances in El Salvador and Panama"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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Political Identity and Archaeology in Northeast Honduras

In Political Identity and Archaeology in Northeast Honduras, Thomas Cuddy fills a substantial void in the scholarship on the origins of complex societies and the Central American political landscape, drawing on previously unexamined ...

Author: Thomas W. Cuddy

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067652860

Category: History

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In Political Identity and Archaeology in Northeast Honduras, Thomas Cuddy fills a substantial void in the scholarship on the origins of complex societies and the Central American political landscape, drawing on previously unexamined research conducted by anthropologist William Duncan Strong during a 1933 expedition to find the southern reaches of Maya culture. From AD 200 until the Spanish conquests of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Pech chiefdoms of northeast Honduras maintained their autonomy through tactful engagement with the powerful states and empires of Mesoamerica and increasingly large societies like the Greater Nicoya region of Costa Rica. Cuddy, working with Strong's untapped fieldwork, examines symbolic expressions to reconstruct the dynamic contexts that structured power in Central American prehistory and shaped the political identity of northeast Honduras. By being similar to, but distinct from, their powerful neighbors, the polities of northeast Honduras created their own senses of power and identity that served their continued growth while states and empires crumbled around them. Political Identity and Archaeology in Northeast Honduras suggests new avenues for understanding the structure and administration of chiefdoms by revealing the archaeological resources and rich ethnohistoric context of the area and the compelling history of its early scholarly explorations.
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Encyclopedia of Prehistory

“Ceramic Paste Compositional Patterns in Greater Nicoya Pottery.” In Costa Rican Art and Archaeology: Essays in Honor of Frederick R. Mayer, ed. ... In Archaeology, Volcanism, and Remote Sensing in the Arenal Region, Costa Rica.

Author: Peter N. Peregrine

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461505259

Category: Social Science

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The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents temporal dimension. Major traditions are an attempt to provide basic information also defined by a somewhat different set of on all archaeologically known cultures, sociocultural characteristics than are eth covering the entire globe and the entire nological cultures. Major traditions are prehistory of humankind. It is designed as defined based on common subsistence a tool to assist in doing comparative practices, sociopolitical organization, and research on the peoples of the past. Most material industries, but language, ideology, of the entries are written by the world's and kinship ties play little or no part in foremost experts on the particular areas their definition because they are virtually and time periods. unrecoverable from archaeological con The Encyclopedia is organized accord texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and ing to major traditions. A major tradition kinship ties are central to defining ethno is defined as a group of populations sharing logical cultures. similar subsistence practices, technology, There are three types of entries in the and forms of sociopolitical organization, Encyclopedia: the major tradition entry, which are spatially contiguous over a rela the regional subtradition entry, and the tively large area and which endure tempo site entry. Each contains different types of rally for a relatively long period. Minimal information, and each is intended to be areal coverage for a major tradition can used in a different way.
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Archaeology of the Rivas Region Nicaragua

Norweb (1964:561) refined the limits of the subarea somewhat, renaming it the “Greater Nicoya Archaeological Subarea,” and drawing the boundary to include most of the lakes area of Pacific Nicaragua and the regions of northwest Costa ...

Author: Paul Healy

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780889207844

Category: History

Page: 412

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Central America before the Spanish Conquest has often been considered by North American archaeologists as a “backwater” of peripheral importance located between the advanced ancient civilizations of South America and Mesoamerica (Mexican–Maya country). Recent archaeological research has revealed that this area played a much more significant role in New World cultural history than was previously thought. Healy’s study examines the archaeological record of one subarea of Southern Central America, the Rivas region of Pacific Nicaragua. The work gives a detailed analysis of excavations and of artifacts recovered at seven significant prehistoric sites. A critical pioneering effort, the monograph documents cultural changes occurring over a 2,000–year time period—changes in technology, material culture, settlement, subsistence, and socio–political organization.
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The American Southwest and Mesoamerica

Healy, Paul, 1988, Greater Nicoya and Mesoamerica: Analysis of Selected Ceramics, Costa Rican Art and Archaeology: Essays in Honor of Frederick R. Mayer (Frederick W. Lange, ed.), University of Colorado, Boulder, pp. 291—302.

Author: Jonathon E. Ericson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781489911490

Category: Social Science

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Regional approaches to the study of prehistoric exchange have generated much new knowledge about intergroup and regional interaction. The American South west and Mesoamerica: Systems of Prehistoric Exchange is the first of two volumes that seek to provide current information regarding regional exchange on a conti nental basis. From a theoretical perspective, these volumes provide important data for the comparative analysis of regional systems relative to sociopolitical organization from simple hunter-gatherers to those of complex sociopolitical entities like the state. Although individual regional exchange systems are unique for each region and time period, general patterns emerge relative to sOciopolitical organization. Of significant interest to us are the dynamic processes of change, stability, rate of growth, and collapse of regional exchange systems relative to sociopolitical complexity. These volumes provide basic data to further our under standing of prehistoric exchange systems. The volume presents our current state of knowledge about regional exchange systems in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica. Each chapter synthesizes the research findings of a number of other researchers in order to provide a synchronic view of regional interaction for a specific chronological period. A diachronic view is also prOvided for regional interaction in the context of the developments in regional SOciopolitical organization. Most authors go beyond description by proposing alternative models within which to understand regional interaction. The book is organized by geographical and chronological divisions to pro vide units of the broader mosaic of prehistoric exchange systems.
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Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association Gender Households and Society

Occasional Papers in Anthropology, 4. Beloit, WS: Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College. 1992 Elite Personages and Site Hierarchies in Greater Nicoya. In Wealth and Hierarchy in the Intermediate Area. F. W. Lange, ed.

Author: Cynthia Robin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444334036

Category: Social Science

Page: 124

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This volume demonstrates how archaeological data viewed through the lens of gender studies can lead researchers to question and reformulate current models of household organization, subsistence and craft production, ritual performance, and the structure of ancient states. Existing models of prehistoric societies often assume the existence of rigidly binary gender systems. After three decades of feminist anthropology, few archaeologists claim that sex/gender roles and identities are fixed by human biology, yet a residue of assumptions from earlier views of male and female roles continues to color archaeologists' understandings of their data.
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General History of the Caribbean UNESCO

ABEL-VIDOR, SUZANNE (1981) “Ethnohistorical Approaches to the Archaeology of Greater Nicoya', in Suzanne Abel-Vidor, Ronald L. Bishop et al., Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica, 85-92, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ACANDA, ...

Author: J. Sued-Badillo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349737642

Category: History

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Volume 1 of the General History of the Caribbean relates to the history of the origins of the earliest Caribbean people, and analyses their various political, social, cultural and economic organizations over time. This volume investigates the movement of Paleoindians into the islands, and looks at the agricultural societies which developed. It then explores the indigenous societies at the time of the Spanish Conquest, the hierarchy of the chiefdoms, and the development of slavery.
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Histories of Maize in Mesoamerica

This increase would result primarily from the increased relative abundance of C4 plants in the watershed (e.g., maize, ... The Guanacaste–Nicoya archaeological region in northwestern Costa Rica is a part of the Greater Nicoya ...

Author: John Staller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315427287

Category: Social Science

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This volume reprints 20 chapters from the editors’ comprehensive Histories of Maize (2006) that are relevant to Mesoamerican specialists and students. New findings and interpretations from the past three years have been included. Histories of Maize is the most comprehensive reference source on the botanical, genetic, archaeological, and anthropological aspects of ancient maize published. Included in this abridged volume are new introductory and concluding chapters and updated material on isotopic research. State of the art research on maize chronology, molecular biology, and stable carbon isotope research on ancient human diets have provided additional lines of evidence on the changing role of maize through time and space and its spread throughout the Americas. The multidisciplinary evidence from the social and biological sciences presented in this volume have generated a much more complex picture of the economic, political, and religious significance of maize.
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HISTORIES OF MAIZE

The Guanacaste-Nicoya archaeological region in northwestern Costa Rica is a part of the Greater Nicoya archaeological subarea, which also includes parts of western Nicaragua. The Diquis archaeological region along the southern Pacific ...

Author: John Staller

Publisher: Left Coast Press

ISBN: 9781598744620

Category: Science

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Histories of Maize is the most comprehensive reference source on the botanical, genetic, archaeological, and anthropological aspects of ancient maize published to date.
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