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Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs / Edition 6
     

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs / Edition 6

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by Michael D. Coe
 

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ISBN-10: 0500287554

ISBN-13: 2900500287551

Pub. Date: 09/08/2008

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

“Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico’s ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted.” —Library Journal
Michael D. Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling The Maya has now been revised

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“Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico’s ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted.” —Library Journal
Michael D. Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling The Maya has now been revised by Professor Coe and Rex Koontz.
The seventh edition incorporates new findings in a number of disciplines. The solution to the long-standing puzzle of the origin of maize-farming has at last been solved, and spectacular new discoveries shed light on Mexico’s earliest civilization, the Olmec culture. At the great city of Teotihuacan, recent investigations in the earliest monumental pyramid indicate the antiquity of certain sacrificial practices and the symbolism of the pyramid. Expanded information on the Huastec region of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is included, while discoveries in the sacred precinct of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan have led to a refined understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.

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ISBN-13:
2900500287551
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Series:
Ancient Peoples and Places Series
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
Pages:
248

Table of Contents

Preface 7

1 Introduction 9

The geographic setting 10

Languages and peoples 14

Periods 16

2 Early Hunters 18

3 The Archaic Period 26

The Desert Culture in North America 26

The origins of Mexican cultivated plants 27

The importance of maize 28

Other cultigens 31

Caves and rockshelters of northeastern Mexico 32

Santa Marta rockshelter 33

The Tehuacan Valley 34

Other Archaic sites 36

The Archaic period and the origins of settled life 37

4 The Preclassic Period: Early Villagers 39

The Early Preclassic in Chiapas 41

Early Preclassic villagers in Oaxaca 43

The site of Tlatilco 44

Established villages of the Middle Preclassic 49

Late Preclassic cultures of the central highlands 50

The Mezcala puzzle 53

The shaft-tomb art of western Mexico and the Teuchitlan Tradition 54

5 The Preclassic Period: Early Civilizations 59

Background of civilized life 59

The Olmec civilization 61

The San Lorenzo Olmecs 66

El Manatí 71

The Olmecs of La Venta 72

Chiapa de Corzo - a La Venta outlier? 77

Tres Zapotes and the Long Count calendar 77

The Olmecs beyond the heartland 80

Early Zapotec civilization 93

Izapan civilization 99

La Mojarra and the Isthmian script 101

6 The Classic Period 103

Rise of the great civilizations 103

The urban civilization of Teotihuacan 105

The Great Pyramid of Cholula 124

Cerro de las Mesas 125

Classic Monte Albán and Classic Veracruz civilization 128

The Classic downfall 135

7 The Epiclassic Period 136

The Maya connection: Cacaxtla and Xochicalco 136

Cholula 144

Cantona 144

El Tajín 147

Central Veracruz 150

Valley of Oaxaca 152

Northwestern Mexico 153

The end of the Epiclassic 156

8 The Post-Classic Period: The Toltec State 157

A time of troubles 157

The Chichimeca of northern Mexico 159

Tula and the Toltecs 160

The Toltec annals 160

Archaeological Tula 171

Tula and Chich'en Itza 178

9 The Post-Classic Period: Rival States 181

Late Zapotec culture at Mitla 181

The Mixtecs 183

The Huastec 187

The Tarascan kingdom 189

Casas Grandes and the northern trade route 192

The rise of the Aztec state 193

The consolidation of Aztec power 195

10 The Aztecs in 1519 198

The island city 198

Aztec society 202

The long-distance merchants 204

Becoming an Aztec 205

Marriage 206

The Triple Alliance and the Empire 207

The emperor and the palace 209

Food and agriculture 210

War and human sacrifice 211

Aztec religion 213

Aztec art and architecture 220

Aztec thought and literature 230

Epilogue 233

The Spanish Conquest 233

New Spain and the Colonial world 237

The "ladinoization" of Mexico 238

Aftermath 239

Visiting Mexico 240

Chronological Table 244

Reigning Monarchs of the Aztec State 245

Text References 245

Further Reading 246

Sources of Illustrations 251

Index 252

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