2 Publications


The topic discussed in this special issue was originally addressed in the symposium no. 349 “Mesoamerican Figurines in Context. New Insights on Three-Dimensional Representations from Archaeology” chaired by Juliette Testard and Brigitte Faugère, during the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) in 2019. Since then, other researchers have joined the publication project, which allowed to broaden the perspectives and study contexts.

coordinated by Juliette Testard and Brigitte Faugère

Figurine ontologies, household ritual assemblages, and gendered concerns at Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico

This paper explores human engagement with ceramic figurines in household ritual practice at Postclassic Xaltocan (Mexico). Drawing on the ontological turn, figurines are understood to be other-than-human agential entities and momentary orderings of sacred and vital energy that come into...

Lisa Overholtzer
Aug 2021

Figurines and the materiality of ancient Maya humor

Identifying humor in the archaeological record is enormously difficult, if not impossible, since laughter, irony, and fun are highly dependent on contextual circumstances. Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that humor was a part of the past as much as...

Christina T. Halperin
Jun 2021