Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History / Edition 1

Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History / Edition 1

by Susan Toby Evans
     
 

Evans (anthropology, Pennsylvania State U.) presents a chronological "culture history" of Mesoamerica from the earliest human settlements some 20,000 years ago to early colonial New Spain of the 1600s. She combines archaeology and ethnohistory in a largely non-technical introduction to the topic, examining the rise and fall of such cultures as the Olmecs, the Maya,… See more details below

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Evans (anthropology, Pennsylvania State U.) presents a chronological "culture history" of Mesoamerica from the earliest human settlements some 20,000 years ago to early colonial New Spain of the 1600s. She combines archaeology and ethnohistory in a largely non-technical introduction to the topic, examining the rise and fall of such cultures as the Olmecs, the Maya, and the Aztecs and discussing their various cultural practices and social organizations. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500284407
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface11
Pt. 1Mesoamerica, Middle America, and its peoples15
Ch. 1Ancient Mesoamerica, the civilization and its antecedents17
Ch. 2Ecology and culture : Mesoamerican beginnings45
Ch. 3Archaic foragers, collectors, and farmers (8000-2000 BC)71
Ch. 4The initial formative (c.2000-1200 BC)99
Pt. 2Complex societies of the formative127
Ch. 5The Olmecs : early formative (c.1200-900/800 BC)129
Ch. 6The Olmecs : middle formative (c.900-600 BC)159
Ch. 7Middle to late formative cultures (c. 600/500-300 BC)185
Ch. 8The emergence of states in the late formative (300 BC-AD 1)205
Ch. 9The terminal formative (AD 1-300)235
Pt. 3Cultures of the early classic261
Ch. 10Teotihuacan and its international influence (AD 250/300-600)263
Ch. 11The Maya in the early classic (AD 250-600)291
Pt. 4Late classic, classic collapse, and epiclassic315
Ch. 12The lowland Maya : apogee and collapse (AD 600-900)317
Ch. 13The late classic and epiclassic in the West (AD 600-1000/1100)349
Ch. 14The Maya in the terminal classic and early postclassic (AD 800-1200)377
Ch. 15The rise of Tula and other epiclassic transformations (AD 900-1200)399
Pt. 5The postclassic and the rise of the Aztecs423
Ch. 16The middle postclassic (1200s-1430)425
Ch. 17The Aztecs : an empire is born (1325-1440)447
Ch. 18The Aztec empire develops (1440-1481)469
Ch. 19The Aztec empire at its height (1481-1519)497
Ch. 20The conquest of Mexico and its aftermath525
Reference maps551
Further reading and bibliography573
Sources of illustrations588
Index590

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