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

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"This book covers every aspect of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, from Paleoindian times to the sixteenth century. It provides overviews of the best-known regional cultures, as well as balanced coverage of Mesoamerica as a whole, encompassing within the larger story the development of regions such as West Mexico, Guerrero, the Gulf lowlands, and the northern and southern frontiers of Mesoamerica." This book is a guide for travelers, students, scholars and anyone interested in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.
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In his all-encompassing synthetic history of Native American cultures of the vast region comprising Mexico and Central America today, Evans (anthropology, Pennsylvania State Univ.) traverses many thousands of years, from the earliest hunter-foragers to the sophisticated, urbanized societies encountered by the Spaniards. With vast reading and dogged inclusiveness, Evans has produced what must be the most informative single-volume survey of Pre-Columbian social evolution available. The reader will not only learn about the current understanding of better-known peoples like the Maya and Aztec but will also be thoroughly immersed in the scholarship surrounding obscure and sometimes peripheral societies and sites. Less than perfectly attentive readers might be overwhelmed by the adherence to an outline that is "horizontally" structured according to stages of societal development and further subdivided into not always intelligible "phases" that "vertically" characterize a myriad of geographic regions. The textbook-like scaffolding and strong tendency toward repetition further diminish the work. Nevertheless, there is no denying the usefulness of the redactions of recent archaeological studies; the many inserts on topics of pervasive import, like maize and the ballgame; the excellent gathering of reference maps; the detailed bibliography; and the 459 illustrations. All of these qualities are more than sufficient to recommend this valuable reference resource to collections attentive to the needs of serious students and sophisticated travelers.-Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500284407
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Toby Evans is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and senior editor (with David Webster) of Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Pt. 1 Mesoamerica, Middle America, and its peoples 15
Ch. 1 Ancient Mesoamerica, the civilization and its antecedents 17
Ch. 2 Ecology and culture : Mesoamerican beginnings 45
Ch. 3 Archaic foragers, collectors, and farmers (8000-2000 BC) 71
Ch. 4 The initial formative (c.2000-1200 BC) 99
Pt. 2 Complex societies of the formative 127
Ch. 5 The Olmecs : early formative (c.1200-900/800 BC) 129
Ch. 6 The Olmecs : middle formative (c.900-600 BC) 159
Ch. 7 Middle to late formative cultures (c. 600/500-300 BC) 185
Ch. 8 The emergence of states in the late formative (300 BC-AD 1) 205
Ch. 9 The terminal formative (AD 1-300) 235
Pt. 3 Cultures of the early classic 261
Ch. 10 Teotihuacan and its international influence (AD 250/300-600) 263
Ch. 11 The Maya in the early classic (AD 250-600) 291
Pt. 4 Late classic, classic collapse, and epiclassic 315
Ch. 12 The lowland Maya : apogee and collapse (AD 600-900) 317
Ch. 13 The late classic and epiclassic in the West (AD 600-1000/1100) 349
Ch. 14 The Maya in the terminal classic and early postclassic (AD 800-1200) 377
Ch. 15 The rise of Tula and other epiclassic transformations (AD 900-1200) 399
Pt. 5 The postclassic and the rise of the Aztecs 423
Ch. 16 The middle postclassic (1200s-1430) 425
Ch. 17 The Aztecs : an empire is born (1325-1440) 447
Ch. 18 The Aztec empire develops (1440-1481) 469
Ch. 19 The Aztec empire at its height (1481-1519) 497
Ch. 20 The conquest of Mexico and its aftermath 525
Reference maps 551
Further reading and bibliography 573
Sources of illustrations 588
Index 590
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