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Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE LUXURY OF PRIVACY, THE COMMONALITY OF PUBLICITY: FEASTING PATTERNS IN CLASSIC MAYA SOCIETY.
Author: LISA LECOUNT (University of Alabama)   
Date/Time: Fri., 10:30 AM
Co-Author(s): LISA LECOUNT (University of Alabama) 
Abstract: In this paper, I investigate foodways to determine if the context of feasting conditioned the nature of feasting in Classic Maya society. Current dietary research has found that elites ate a more diverse diet with slightly higher quantities of meat, maize or scarce foods than commoners. Further, some researchers suggest that elites engaged in diacritical feasting in which they dined on specialty foods served to them in exceptionally crafted plates, bowls and vases. However, research at sites in the upper Belize River valley indicates that diacritical feasting may have been a private affair. Beyond individual acts of toasting, gifting and sacred offerings, public feasting at civic festivals may have been more communal than competitive or diacritical. Diacritical feasting may have been acceptable only in private contexts. I ground these archaeological patterns in the social and political dimensions of privacy theory and investigate them on multiple scales of analysis: individual, group, and institution. In this way, I attempt to understand how public and private social interactions promoted, altered, or blocked the circulation of symbols, performance of affiliative practices, and implementation of power strategies.

Program Number: 3-0355
Session Title: PATHWAYS TO POWER
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 10:15 AM-12:00 PM
Organizer(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio), SONIA ALCONINI 
Chair(s): LAURA LEVI (University of Texas-San Antonio)  
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