Archaeologists and the public at large have long been fascinated by monumental architecture built by past societies. Whether considering the earthworks in the Ohio Valley or the grandest pyramids in Egypt and Mexico, people have been curious as to how pre-modern societies with limited technology were capable of constructing monuments of such outstanding scale and quality. Architectural energetics is a methodology within archaeology that generates estimates of the amount of labor and time allocated to construct these past monuments. This methodology allows for detailed analyses of architecture and especially the analysis of the social power underlying such projects.

Architectural Energetics in Archaeology assembles an international array of scholars who have analyzed architecture from archaeological and historic societies using architectural energetics. It is the first such volume of its kind. In addition to applying architectural energetics to a global range of architectural works, it outlines in detail the estimates of costs that can be used in future architectural analyses.

This volume will serve archaeology and classics researchers, and lecturers teaching undergraduate and graduate courses related to social power and architecture. It also will interest architects examining past construction and engineering projects.

chapter 1|25 pages

Massive assumptions and moundbuilders

The history, method, and relevance of architectural energetics
ByElliot M. Abrams, Leah McCurdy

chapter 2|30 pages

Built environments and social organizations

A comparative view from Asia
ByNam C. Kim, Jina Heo

chapter 3|20 pages

Pharaonic power and architectural labor investment at the Karnak Temple Complex, Egypt

ByMegan Drennan, Michael J. Kolb

chapter 4|19 pages

An energetics approach to the construction of the Heuneburg

Thoughts on Celtic labor cost choices
ByFrançois Remise

chapter 5|19 pages

To house and defend

The application of architectural energetics to southeast Archaic Greek Sicily 1
ByJerrad Lancaster

chapter 6|24 pages

Labor mobilization and medieval castle construction at Salemi, western Sicily

ByMichael J. Kolb, Scott Detrich Kirk, William M. Balco

chapter 7|23 pages

Labor recruitment among tribal societies

An architectural energetic analysis of Serpent Mound, Ohio
ByJamie L. Davis, Jarrod Burks, Elliot M. Abrams

chapter 8|21 pages

The energetics of earthen landscape modification

An assessment of an emerging Mississippian polity
ByCameron H. Lacquement

chapter 10|30 pages

Peopling monuments

Virtual energetics and labor impact analysis of monumental construction at Xunantunich, Belize
ByLeah McCurdy

chapter 12|24 pages

Towards a multiscalar comparative approach to power relations

Political dimensions of urban construction at Teotihuacan and Copan
ByTatsuya Murakami

chapter 13|6 pages

The future of architectural energetics in 2D and 3D

ByLeah McCurdy, Elliot M. Abrams