Dietler, Michael and Brian Hayden (editors) (2001). Feasts: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on Food, Politics, and Power. Washington, DC: Smithsonian.
Reprinted by the University of Alabama Press (2010).
From the ancient Near East to modern-day North America, communal consumption of food and drink punctuates the rhythms of human societies. Feasts serve many social purposes, establishing alliances for war and marriage, mobilizing labor, creating political power and economic advantages, and redistributing wealth. In this collection of fifteen essays, archaeologists and ethnographers explore the material record of food and its consumption as social practice. They provide a theoretical framework for understanding the social roles and cultural significance of feasting, and especially the ways that feasts constitute an arena for the practice of politics and the construction of power. They also asses the archaeological visibility of feasting, examining the locations of roasting pits, hearths, and refuse deposits, or the presence of special decorative ceramics, and infer ways in which feasting traditions can reveal social structures of lineage, clan, moiety, and polity.
Digesting the feast -- good to eat, good to drink, good to think: an introduction
Michael Dietler and Brian Hayden
Fabulous feasts: a prolegomenon to the importance of feasting
Theorizing the feast: rituals of consumption, commensal politics, and power in African contexts
Of feasting and value: Enga feasts in a historical perspective (Papua New Guinea)
Akha feasting: an ethnoarchaeological perspective
Michael J. Clarke
Polynesian feasting in ethnohistoric, ethnographic, and archaeological contexts: a comparison of three societies
Patrick V. Kirch
Feasting for prosperity: a study of Southern Northwest Coast feasting
James R. Perodie
The big drink: feast and forum in the Upper Amazon
Warren R. DeBoer
Feasts and labor mobilization: dissecting a fundamental economic practice
Michael Dietler and Ingrid Herbich
The evolution of ritual feasting systems in prehispanic Philippine chiefdoms
Laura Lee Junker
Feasting and the emergence of platform mound ceremonialism in Easter North America
Vernon James Knight
A case of ritual feasting at the Cahokia Site
Lucretia S. Kelly
Feasting on periphery: the production of ritual feasting and village festivals at Cerň Site, El Salvador
Linda A. Brown
Feasting in the ancient Near East
Garbage and the modern American feast
Douglas C. Wilson and William L. Rathje.