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The power of feasts : from prehistory to the present

Author: Brian Hayden
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Brian Hayden provides the first comprehensive, theoretical work on the history of feasting in prehistorical societies. As an important barometer of cultural change, feasting is at the forefront of theoretical developments in archaeology. The Power of Feasts chronicles the evolution of the practice from its first perceptible prehistoric presence to modern industrial times. This study explores recurring  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Hayden
ISBN: 9781107042995 1107042992 1107617642 9781107617643
OCLC Number: 872220566
Description: ix, 426 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Before the feast : overview of the importance of feasting --
Food sharing and the primate foundations of feasting behavior by Suzanne Villeneuve --
Simple hunter/gatherers --
Transegalitarian hunter/gatherers --
Domesticating plants and animals for feasts --
The horticultural explosion --
Chiefs up the ante --
The first states --
Feasting in industrial societies.
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In this book, Brian Hayden provides the first comprehensive, theoretical work on the history of feasting in societies ranging from the prehistoric to the modern.  Read more...

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