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Just after 500 B.C., one of the earliest states in the New World developed in the Valley of Oaxaca, in present-day Mexico. The newly created political institution brought in its wake a profound transformation of society and technology. This book investigates the rich archaeological record of the valley in an attempt to throw light on the causes and consequences of these changes.
1. Introduction: Mesoamerica and its pre-Hispanic civilization; 2. The Valley of Oaxaca: a regional setting for an early state; 3. The origins of Monte Alban; 4. The great transformation; 5. Synthesis and conclusion; Epilogue.