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The Power of the Bull

by Michael Rice

Everyone has heard of the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Crete and many know that the Greek gods would adopt the guise of a bull to seduce mortal women. But what lies behind these legends?

The Power of the Bull...


Embodied Lives: : Figuring Ancient Maya and Egyptian Experience

by Rosemary A. Joyce & Lynn M. Meskell

Examining a wide range of archaeological data, and using it to explore issues such as the sexual body, mind/body dualism, body modification, and magical practices, Lynn Meskell and Rosemary Joyce offer a new...


Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin

by Rex Koontz

El Tajín, an ancient Mesoamerican capital in Veracruz, Mexico, has long been admired for its stunning pyramids and ballcourts decorated with extensive sculptural programs. Yet the city's singularity as the...


How Writing Came about

by Denise Schmandt-Besserat

In 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat...


Espiritu Santo de Zuniga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas

by Tamra Lynn Walter

In the early part of the eighteenth century, the Spanish colonial mission Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga was relocated from far south Texas to a site along the Guadalupe River in Mission Valley, Victoria County....


The Late Archaic Across the Borderlands: From Foraging to Farming

by Bradley J. Vierra

Why and when human societies shifted from nomadic hunting and gathering to settled agriculture engages the interest of scholars around the world. One of the most fruitful areas in which to study this issue is...


The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience Among the Classic Maya

by Stephen Houston, David Stuart & Karl Taube

All of human experience flows from bodies that feel, express emotion, and think about what such experiences mean. But is it possible for us, embodied as we are in a particular time and place, to know how people...


Before the Volcano Erupted: The Ancient Ceren Village in Central America

by Payson Sheets

On an August evening around AD 600, residents of the Cerén village in the Zapotitán Valley of what is now El Salvador were sitting down to their nightly meal when ground tremors and loud steam emissions warned...


Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

by Michael Scott

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the “omphalos”—the “center” or “navel”—of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings...


Kaqchikel Chronicles: The Definitive Edition

by Judith M. Maxwell & Robert M., II Hill

The collection of documents known as the Kaqchikel Chronicles consists of rare highland Maya texts, which trace Kaqchikel Maya history from their legendary departure from Tollan/Tula through their migrations,...


Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stelae Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan

by Elizabeth A. Newsome

Assemblies of rectangular stone pillars, or stelae, fill the plazas and courts of ancient Maya cities throughout the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and western Honduras. Mute testimony to state...


The Huarochiri Manuscript: A Testament of Ancient and Colonial Andean Religion

by George L. Urioste & Frank Salomon

One of the great repositories of a people's world view and religious beliefs, the Huarochirí Manuscript may bear comparison with such civilization-defining works as Gilgamesh, the Popul Vuh, and the Sagas....


Images from the Underworld: Naj Tunich and the Tradition of Maya Cave Painting

by Andrea J. Stone

In 1979, a Kekchi Maya Indian accidentally discovered the entrance to Naj Tunich, a deep cave in the Maya Mountains of El Peten, Guatemala. One of the world's few deep caves that contain rock art, Naj Tunich...


Sir Gardner Wilkinson and His Circle

by Jason Thompson

Following in the footsteps of Napoleon's army, Europeans invaded Egypt in the early nineteenth century to gaze in wonder at the massive, inscrutable remains of its ancient civilizations. One of these travelers...


Paleoindian Geoarchaeology of the Southern High Plains

by Vance T. Holliday & Thomas R. Hester

The Southern High Plains of northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico are rich in Paleoindian archaeological sites, including such well-known ones as Clovis, Lubbock Lake, Plainview, and Midland. These sites...


Monumental Ambivalence: The Politics of Heritage

by Lisa C. Breglia

From ancient Maya cities in Mexico and Central America to the Taj Mahal in India, cultural heritage sites around the world are being drawn into the wave of privatization that has already swept through such economic...


The Art and Archaeology of the Moche: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast

by Steve Bourget & Kimberly L. Jones

Renowned for their monumental architecture and rich visual culture, the Moche inhabited the north coast of Peru during the Early Intermediate Period (AD 100-800). Archaeological discoveries over the past century...


Sex, Death, and Sacrifice in Moche Religion and Visual Culture

by Steve Bourget

The Moche people who inhabited the north coast of Peru between approximately 100 and 800 AD were perhaps the first ancient Andean society to attain state-level social complexity. Although they had no written...


Stories in Red and Black: Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs

by Elizabeth Hill Boone

The Aztecs and Mixtecs of ancient Mexico recorded their histories pictorially in images painted on hide, paper, and cloth. The tradition of painting history continued even after the Spanish Conquest, as the...


Of Summits and Sacrifice: An Ethnohistoric Study of Inka Religious Practices

by Thomas Besom

In perhaps as few as one hundred years, the Inka Empire became the largest state ever formed by a native people anywhere in the Americas, dominating the western coast of South America by the early sixteenth...