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Title Manufactured light : mirrors in the Mesoamerican realm / a volume edited by Dr. Emiliano Gallaga M., Dr. Marc G. Blainey.

Imprint Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource
Summary "Complex and time-consuming to produce, pyrite mirrors stand out among Prehispanic artifacts for their aesthetic beauty, their symbolic implications, and the complexity and skill of their assembly. Manufactured Light presents the latest archaeological research on these items, focusing on the intersection of their significance and use and on the technological aspects of the manufacturing processes that created them. The volume covers the production, meaning, and utilization of pyrite mirrors in various Mesoamerican communities. Chapters focus on topics such as experimental archaeology projects and discussions of workshops in archaeological contexts in the Maya, Central Mexico, and northwest Mexico regions. Other chapters concentrate on the employment and ideological associations of these mirrors in Prehispanic times, especially as both sacred and luxury items. The final chapters address continuities in the use of mirrors from Prehispanic to modern times, especially in contemporary indigenous communities, with an emphasis on examining the relationship between ethnographic realities and archaeological interpretations. While the symbolism of these artifacts and the intricacy of their construction have long been recognized in archaeological discussions, Manufactured Light is the first synthesis of this important yet under-studied class of material culture. It is a must-read for students and scholars of Mesoamerican archaeology, ethnography, religion, replicative experimentation, and lithic technology. Contributors include: Marc G. Blainey, Thomas Calligaro, Carrie L. Dennett, Emiliano Gallaga, Julie Gazzola, Sergio Gomez Chavez, Olivia Kindl, Brigitte Kovacevich, Achim Lelgemann, Jose J. Lunazzi, John J. McGraw, Emiliano Melgar, Joseph Mountjoy, Reyna Solis, and Karl Taube"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2: How to make a pyrite mirror: an experimental archaeology project -- Chapter 3: Manufacturing techniques of pyrite inlays in Mesoamerica -- Chapter: Domestic production of pyrite mirrors at Cancuén, Guatemala -- Chapter 5: Identification and use of pyrite and hematite at Teotihuacan -- Chapter 6: On how mirrors would have been employed in the ancient Americas -- Chapter 7: Iron pyrite ornaments from middle formative contexts in the Mascota Valley of Jalisco, Mexico: description, Mesoamerican relationships, and probable symbolic significance -- Chapter 8: Pre-Hispanic iron-ore mirrors and mosaics from Zacatecas -- Chapter 9: Techniques of luminosity: iron-ore mirrors and entheogenic shamanism among the ancient Maya -- Chapter 10; Stones of light: the use of crystals in Maya divination -- Chapter 11: Reflecting on exchange: ancient Maya mirrors beyond the southeast periphery -- Chapter 12: Ritual uses of mirrors by the Wixaritari (Huichol Indians): instruments of reflexivity in creative processes -- Chapter 13; Through a glass, brightly: recent Investigations concerning mirrors and scrying in ancient and contemporary Mesoamerica.
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Subject Material culture -- Southwest, New -- History -- To 1500.
Material culture -- Mexico -- History -- To 1500.
Mirrors -- Southwest, New -- History -- To 1500.
Mirrors -- Mexico -- History -- To 1500.
Indians of North America -- Material culture -- Southwest, New.
Indians of Mexico -- Material culture.
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Antiquities.
Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities.
Southwest, New -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Archaeology.
HISTORY -- Latin America -- Mexico.
Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities.
Indians of Mexico -- Material culture.
Indians of North America -- Antiquities.
Indians of North America -- Material culture.
Material culture.
New Southwest.
Chronological Term To 1500
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Blainey, Marc Gordon, editor.
Gallaga, Emiliano, 1970- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Manufactured light. Boulder : University Press of Colorado, 2015 (DLC) 2015004618
ISBN 9781607324089 (electronic bk.)
1607324083 (electronic bk.)
9781607324072 (cloth ; alkaline paper)