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Overview

The understanding of warfare in ancient Mesoamerica has blossomed in recent years. In this volume, the authors use recent empirical studies to help us understand the patterns and nature of Mesoamerican warfare. Using evidence from ceramics, settlement pattern, epigraphy, ethnohistory, and ethnography, these projects define the martial nature of Mesoamerican societies and link it to ritual, political economy, and other cultural systems. The studies range from preclassic to post-contact and from Belize to Central Mexico. A comparison between this corpus and warfare studies in the American Southwest is also included. This volume will be of interest to Mesoamericanists and other archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of ancient warfare.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
In this volume, 20 archaeologists review decades of previous studies and explain the many kinds of conflict and the methods for recognizing them from material evidence. The chapters feature well-illustrated case studies derived from the author's excavations and from hieroglyphic inscriptions, pictorial evidence, historic documents, and ethnographic comparisons....Highly recommended.
— K. A. Dixon, Emeritus, Califonia State University, Long Beach
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare is an admirable study examining warfare in chiefdom and early state societies. While the geographic focus is on Mesoamerica, the theoretical nd methodological scope of the papers should have wide appeal to scholars working in other geographic regions and time periods. The book also provides a glimpse into the different ways archaeologists are attempting to deal with warfare.
CHOICE - K. A. Dixon
In this volume, 20 archaeologists review decades of previous studies and explain the many kinds of conflict and the methods for recognizing them from material evidence. The chapters feature well-illustrated case studies derived from the author's excavations and from hieroglyphic inscriptions, pictorial evidence, historic documents, and ethnographic comparisons....Highly recommended.
Antiquity
The editors introduce 14 apt and searching papers on warfare by a roster of eminent authors.
CHOICE
In this volume, 20 archaeologists review decades of previous studies and explain the many kinds of conflict and the methods for recognizing them from material evidence. The chapters feature well-illustrated case studies derived from the author's excavations and from hieroglyphic inscriptions, pictorial evidence, historic documents, and ethnographic comparisons....Highly recommended.
— K. A. Dixon, Emeritus, Califonia State University, Long Beach
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare is an admirable study examining warfare in chiefdom and early state societies. While the geographic focus is on Mesoamerica, the theoretical nd methodological scope of the papers should have wide appeal to scholars working in other geographic regions and time periods. The book also provides a glimpse into the different ways archaeologists are attempting to deal with warfare.
History In Review
Riveting and detailed... Students and scholars with a diverse range of interests including archaeology, anthropology, the history of warfare, as well as Mesoamerican studies, will find this book essential reading as it is a vital resource for anyone desirous of acquiring an understanding of the role that warfare played in the development and history of ancient Mesoamerican societies. It is also an excellent reference guide to warfare in ancient Mesoamerica and is well suited for use as a supplemental text in any number of univeristy level courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759102835
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,217,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Ch. 1 Studying Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica 1
Ch. 2 The Role of Ceramics in the Study of Conflict in Maya Archaeology 19
Ch. 3 The Politics of Warfare in the Usumacinta Basin: La Pasadita and the Realm of Bird Jaguar 31
Ch. 4 Imperialism in Pre-Aztec Mesoamerica: Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, and the Lower Rio Verde Valley 49
Ch. 5 Evaluating the Archaeological Signatures of Maya Ritual and Conflict 75
Ch. 6 Evidence of Conflict during the Middle Formative in the Maya Lowlands: A View from Blackman Eddy, Belize 91
Ch. 7 The History of Warfare at Yaxuna 109
Ch. 8 The Symbolic Representation of Warfare in Formative Period Mesoamerica 127
Ch. 9 Butterfly War at Teotihuacan 149
Ch. 10 Texts and Contexts in Maya Warfare: A Brief Consideration of Epigraphy and Archaeology at Caracol, Belize 171
Ch. 11 Early Classic Maya Conquest in Words and Deeds 189
Ch. 12 Ethnic Conflict in Postclassic Cholula, Mexico 219
Ch. 13 A Macabre Sense of Humor: Dramas of Conflict and War in Mesoamerica 245
Ch. 14 Warfare in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica: Parallels and Contrasts 265
Ch. 15 Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica: A Summary View 287
Bibliography 303
Index 359
About the Contributors 365
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