Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz

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Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz explores the diverse traditions and dynamic interactions along the Mexican Gulf lowlands at the height of their cultural florescence. Best known for their elaborate ballgame rituals and precocious inscriptions with long-count dates, these cultures served as a critical nexus between the civilizations of highland Mexico and the lowland Maya, influencing developments in both regions.

Eleven chapters penned by leading experts in archaeology, art history, and linguistics offer new insights into ancient iconography and writing, the construction of sociopolitical landscapes, and the historical interplay between local developments and external influences at Cerro de las Mesas, Tres Zapotes, Matacapan, and many lesser-known sites. The result is a new, vibrant perspective on ancient lifeways along the Mexican Gulf lowlands and an important updated source for future research in the region.

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?Philip J. Arnold III is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago.

?Christopher A. Pool is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

Robert S. Santley was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Charting Classic Veracruz Philip J. Arnold III Arnold, Philip J., III Christopher A. Pool Pool, Christopher A. 1

Historical Currents in Classic Veracruz Research Philip J. Arnold III Arnold, Philip J., III Christopher A. Pool Pool, Christopher A. Richard A. Diehl Diehl, Richard A. 23

The Epi-Olmec Language and Its Neighbors Terrence Kaufman Kaufman, Terrence John Justeson Justeson, John 55

Polity and Economy in the Western Lower Papaloapan Basin Barbara L. Stark Stark, Barbara L. 85

Architectural Plans, Factionalism, and the Proto-Classic - Classic Transition at Tres Zapotes Christopher A. Pool Pool, Christopher A. 121

The Epi-Olmec Tradition at Cerro de las Mesas in the Classic Period John Justeson Justeson, John Terrence Kaufman Kaufman, Terrence 159

Ball Courts and Politics in the Lower Cotaxtla Valley: A Model to Understand Classic Central Veracruz? Annick Daneels Daneels, Annick 197

Continuity and Change in Late Classic Southern Veracruz Art, Hieroglyphs, and Religion Cherra Wyllie Wyllie, Cherra 225

Social Landscapes and Political Dynamics in the Southern Gulf-Coast Lowlands (AD 500-1000) Javier Urcid Urcid, Javier Thomas W. Killion Killion, Thomas W. 259

Classic Currents in the West-Central Tuxtlas Philip J. Arnold III Arnold, Philip J., III Robert S. Santley Santley, Robert S. 293

Iconographic Interaction between El Tajin and South-Central Veracruz Rex Koontz Koontz, Rex 323

Notes on Contributors 361

Index 367

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