Manufactured Light: Mirrors in the Mesoamerican Realm by Emiliano Gallaga,Marc G. Blainey

By Emiliano Gallaga,Marc G. Blainey

Complex and time-consuming to produce, iron-ore mirrors stand out between Prehispanic artifacts for his or her aesthetic attractiveness, their symbolic implications, and the complexity and ability in their meeting. Manufactured Light offers the most recent archaeological study on this stuff, concentrating on the intersection in their importance and use and at the technological elements of the producing techniques that created them.

The quantity covers the creation, that means, and usage of iron-ore mirrors in a number of Mesoamerican groups. Chapters specialize in issues reminiscent of experimental archaeology initiatives and discussions of workshops in archaeological contexts within the Maya, principal Mexico, and northwest Mexico areas. different chapters pay attention to the employment and ideological institutions of those mirrors in Prehispanic instances, specifically as either sacred and comfort goods. the ultimate chapters tackle continuities within the use of mirrors from Prehispanic to trendy instances, particularly in modern indigenous groups, with an emphasis on studying the connection among ethnographic realities and archaeological interpretations.

While the symbolism of those artifacts and the intricacy in their development have lengthy been famous in archaeological discussions, Manufactured Light is the 1st synthesis of this crucial but under-studied category of fabric tradition. it's a must-read for college kids and students of Mesoamerican archaeology, ethnography, faith, replicative experimentation, and lithic technology.

Contirbutors include: Marc G. Blainey, Thomas Calligaro, Carrie L. Dennett, Emiliano Gallaga, Julie Gazzola, Sergio Gómez Chávez, Olivia Kindl, Brigitte Kovacevich, Achim Lelgemann, José J. Lunazzi, John J. McGraw, Emiliano Melgar, Joseph Mountjoy, Reyna Solis, and Karl Taube.

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