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Marcus, Joyce

Works: 77 works in 262 publications in 4 languages and 7,605 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  History  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Publications about Joyce Marcus
Publications by Joyce Marcus
Most widely held works about Joyce Marcus
Most widely held works by Joyce Marcus
The creation of inequality : how our prehistoric ancestors set the stage for monarchy, slavery, and empire by Kent V Flannery( Book )
15 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Korean and held by 954 libraries worldwide
Overview: Our early ancestors lived in small groups and worked actively to preserve social equality. As they created larger societies, however, inequality rose, and by 2500 BCE truly egalitarian societies were on the wane. In The Creation of Inequality, Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus demonstrate that this development was not simply the result of population increase, food surplus, or the accumulation of valuables. Instead, inequality resulted from conscious manipulation of the unique social logic that lies at the core of every human group. A few societies allowed talented and ambitious individuals to rise in prestige while still preventing them from becoming a hereditary elite. But many others made high rank hereditary, by manipulating debts, genealogies, and sacred lore. At certain moments in history, intense competition among leaders of high rank gave rise to despotic kingdoms and empires in the Near East, Egypt, Africa, Mexico, Peru, and the Pacific. Drawing on their vast knowledge of both living and prehistoric social groups, Flannery and Marcus describe the changes in logic that create larger and more hierarchical societies, and they argue persuasively that many kinds of inequality can be overcome by reversing these changes, rather than by violence
Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations by Joyce Marcus( Book )
12 editions published in 1992 in English and German and held by 562 libraries worldwide
"This is an anthropological study of the role of hieroglyphic writing in the pre-hispanic Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Maya states. First, Joyce Marcus compares the four systems with regard to eight major themes: calendrics, the naming of nobles, the naming of places, royal marriages, accession to the throne, divine ancestors, warfare, and the rewriting of history. Then she establishes a new theoretical framework within which to conduct further analysis. Her basic contention is that ancient Mesoamerican writing was a tool used by an elite minority in their competition for positions of leadership, prestige, territory, tribute, and advantageous marriages. She convincingly demonstrates that while it may have been based on actual persons and events, this body of prehistoric writing is a deliberately created tangle of what we could call propaganda, myth, and fact, written for political purposes, and not (as many contemporary scholars have come to believe) reliable history in a modern sense."--Jacket
The Cloud people : divergent evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations by Kent V Flannery( Book )
11 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 453 libraries worldwide
Archaic states ( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 448 libraries worldwide
In this volume, the authors highlight the diversity and instability of ancient states and how widely they have varied through time and across space. Archaic States presents new comparative studies of early states in the Old and New Worlds, including the Near East, India and Pakistan, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. In the process, it helps to define key avenues for research and discussion in the decades ahead
Zapotec civilization : how urban society evolved in Mexico's Oaxaca Valley by Joyce Marcus( Book )
11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 419 libraries worldwide
"Important new synthesis of the Paleoindian through classic periods. Develops an action theory framework to explain formation of the first Zapotec State and the founding and growth of Monte Albán. Written in an accessible style and exceptionally well illustrated with drawings and photographs (some color) on glossy paper"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57
The flocks of the Wamani : a study of llama herders on the punas of Ayacucho, Peru by Kent V Flannery( Book )
20 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 383 libraries worldwide
Publisher description: In this volume, the authors present an original ethnographic study of five llama herding communities in Ayacucho, Peru. Data on herd dynamics are subjected to computer modeling in an effort to evaluate the roles of biology, symbolic and ritual behavior, ecological adaptation, and practical reason. The book contains the most detailed study of the waytakuy llama marking ceremony yet available. The role of this ceremony in preventing herds from going to extinction is evaluated against anthropological and sociobiological theory. This is an interdisciplinary book will appeal to professional archaeologists, prehistorians, cultural anthropologists, Andeanists, theoretical biologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists interested in animal domestication
Emblem and state in the classic Maya Lowlands : an epigraphic approach to territorial organization by Joyce Marcus( Book )
6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 315 libraries worldwide
The ancient city : new perspectives on urbanism in the old and new world by Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
"Ancient cities have much to tell us about the social, political, religious, and economic conditions of their times - and also about our own. Ongoing excavations all over the world are enabling scholars to document intra-city changes through time, city-to-city interaction, and changing relations between cities and their hinterlands. As the essays in this volume reveal, archaeologists now know much more about the founding and functions of ancient cities, their diverse trade networks, their heterogeneous plans and layouts, and their various lifespans and trajectories."--Jacket
Debating Oaxaca archaeology ( Book )
10 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 211 libraries worldwide
Caciques and their people : a volume in honor of Ronald Spores ( Book )
11 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 203 libraries worldwide
"Articles review Spores' contributions to Mixtec archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. Other topics include archaeological theory, the colonial period, Xaltocán, Cholula, codex-style vessel from Nochixtlan, Codex Selden, irrigation in Mixtec cacicazgos and Cuicatlan, Mixtec cacicazgos organization, Spanish conquest of Oaxaca, Zapotec inauguration, and Tehuantepec barrio organization"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57
Women's ritual in formative Oaxaca : figurine-making, divination, death, and the ancestors by Joyce Marcus( Book )
11 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Early formative pottery of the Valley of Oaxaca by Kent V Flannery( Book )
8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
Late intermediate occupation at Cerro Azul, Perú : a preliminary report by Joyce Marcus( Book )
10 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 164 libraries worldwide
The inscriptions of Calakmul : royal marriage at a Maya city in Campeche, Mexico by Joyce Marcus( Book )
7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 161 libraries worldwide
Andean civilization : a tribute to Michael E. Moseley ( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 157 libraries worldwide
Agricultural strategies ( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 139 libraries worldwide
Takes a worldwide look at the role of agriculture within ancient societies
Excavations at San José Mogote by Kent V Flannery( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 127 libraries worldwide
Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru : the architecture and pottery by Joyce Marcus( Book )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 122 libraries worldwide
"This volume is the final site report on the architecture and pottery of Late Intermediate Cerro Azul. During the course of excavation, the University of Michigan Project excavated two tapia buildings in their entirety, saving every sherd from every room, walled work area, feature, and midden. The Project determined the function of every room, including those whose functions changed over time, owing to seismic damage. The types of rooms include residential (both elite and commoner); general storage; a kitchen/brewery with large-scale production of chicha; a guinea pig pen; specialized fish storage rooms; and open courts for weaving."
Coastal Ecosystems and Economic Strategies at Cerro Azul, Peru : the Study of a Late Intermediate Kingdom ( Book )
5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
Monte Albán by Joyce Marcus( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in Spanish and held by 37 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Joyce Marcus American archaeologist
Marcus, J. 1948-
마커스, 조이스 1948-
English (175)
Spanish (8)
Korean (2)
German (1)
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