1st Edition

Storage in Ancient Complex Societies Administration, Organization, and Control

Edited By Linda R. Manzanilla, Mitchell Rothman Copyright 2016
    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    The ability to accumulate and store large amounts of goods is a key feature of complex societies in ancient times. Storage strategies reflect the broader economic and political organization of a society and changes in the development of control mechanisms in both administrative and non-administrative—often kinship based—sectors. This is the first volume to examine storage practices in ancient complex societies from a comparative perspective. This volume includes 14 original papers by leading archaeologists from four continents which compare storage systems in three key regions with lengthy traditions of complexity: the ancient Near East, Mesoamerica, and Andes. Storage in Ancient Complex Societies demonstrates the importance of understanding storage for the study of cultural evolution.

    Linda R. Manzanilla

    Chapter 1. Introduction: Storage as an Analytical Marker to Study Cultural Evolution
    Mitchell S. Rothman

    The Ancient Near East

    Chapter 2. Verifying the Role of Storage: Examples from Prehistoric Ancient Mesopotamia
    Mitchell S Rothman and Enrica Fiandra

    Chapter 3. On Some Possible Implications of a Newly Discovered Early Bronze Age, Large Scale Silo Complex at Amaziya, Nahal Lachish (Israel)
    Ianir Milevski, Eliot Braun, Daniel Varga, and Yigal Israel

    Chapter 4. Grain, Storage, and State-making in Mesopotamia (3000-2000 BC)
    Tate Paulette

    The Andean Region

    Chapter 5. New World Bureaucracy at 1500 B.C.: Evidence from the Casma Valley of Peru
    Thomas Pozorski and Shelia Pozorski

    Chapter 6. Storerooms, Tokens and Administrative Devices: An Andean Case Study
    John R. Topic

    Chapter 7. Inca Storage Systems in the Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru): Risk Management, Economic Growth, and Political Economy
    R. Alan Covey, Kylie E. Quave, and Catherine E. Covey

    Chapter 8. Storehouse of Seasons and Mother of Food: An Andean Ritual-Administrative System
    Frank Salomon, Gino de las Casas and Víctor Falcón Huayta


    Chapter 9. Craft Activity and Administrative Devices at Teotihuacan, Central Mexico
    Linda R. Manzanilla

    Chapter 10. Storage at Xochicalco, Morelos, Mexico
    Silvia T. Garza, Claudia Alvarado L., Norberto González C. and Beatriz Palavicini

    Chapter 11. Storage, Tribute, and Political Administration among the Lowland Maya
    Michael P. Smyth

    Chapter 12. Storage Places in the Maya Area
    Cristina Vidal-Lorenzo, Ma. Luisa Vázquez-de-Ágredos-Pascual, and Gaspar Muñoz-Cosme

    Chapter 13. Storage and Administration in the Aztec Empire
    José Luis de Rojas

    Chapter 14. Final Thoughts
    Mitchell S. Rothman and Linda R. Manzanilla

    About the Authors


    Linda R. Manzanilla is professor and researcher at the Institute of Anthropological Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has participated actively in the formation of generations of archaeologists in the National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico. With a Ph.D. from University of Paris, she is author and editor of 22 books and 160 articles and chapters on subjects related to the emergence and change of early urban societies in Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Andean Region. She has excavated in Mexico, Bolivia, Egypt, Anatolia, and Israel. Among her awards and honors are the Mexican National Academy of Sciences Award, Alfonso Caso Award (INAH), Presidential Award of the Society for American Archaeology, foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, National University of Mexico Award in Research in Social Sciences, Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society, member of El Colegio Nacional in Mexico, and Doctor Honoris Causa by UNAM. She has been member of the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society, and co-editor, with Gary Feinman, of Latin American Antiquity.

    Mitchell S Rothman is professor and chair of Anthropology and Archaeology, Widener University and Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author or editor of five books and over 50 articles on complex societies of the Ancient Near East and related topics. He has conducted field work in Armenia, Turkey, Iran and the United States.