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Sounds and Colors of Power: The Sacred Metallurgical Technology of Ancient West Mexico

Author: Dorothy Hosler
Publisher: MIT Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text is an analysis of the relationship between culture and technology. The book focuses on the origins and uses of the unique metallurgy developed in West Mexico between the seventh and 16th  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print
Sounds and Colors of Power: The Sacred Metallurgical Technology of Ancient West Mexico
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Hosler
OCLC Number: 940538345
Notes: Book.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Part 1 The perspective and the region: an overview of Mesoamerican prehistory; the West Mexican metalworking zone; South American contacts in West Mexico; the research agenda. Part 2 Resources, metals and alloys: distribution of native metals and ore minerals in the metalworking zone; ore types used in West Mexican metallurgy; documentary evidence for ancient mining. Part 3 Period 1 of West Mexican metalworking - AD 600 to AD 1200/1300: the technological chronology; archaeological evidence of period 1 metallurgy; the metallurgical technology of period 1; lost-wax casting - bells; cold working - sumptuary and ritual objects; cold working - utilitarian objects; summary and observations. Part 4 Origins of period 1 West Mexican metallurgy: Ecuador and West Mexico; Colombia and Lower Central America; the introduction of the technology to West Mexico; the evidence from Ecuador; the reinterpretation. Part 5 The florescence of West Mexico metallurgy - AD 1200/1300 to the Spanish invasion: archaeological evidence for period 2 metallurgy; the metallurgical technology of period 2 - new materials and new designs; lost-wax casting - bells; cold and hot work - sumptuary items; cold work - tools and axe-monies; the focus of period 2 metallurgy. Part 6 Period 2 - origins and transformations: alloying; alloys and artifacts; mechanisms of introduction; the new technology - West Mexican alloys and smelting regimes; the West Mexican interpretation. Part 7 The dissemination of West Mexican metllurgy: Western Morelos - Cuexcomate and Capilco; Lamanai, Belize; the Huastec region - Vista Hermosa and Platanito; other sites and regions; discussion. Part 8 The sounds and colours of power: colour; sound; sound, metal and creation; the social context. Appendices: technical studies - data and methods; quantitative chemical analyses of artifacts in the RMG collection.

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