Mesoamerican Archaeology / Edition 1

Mesoamerican Archaeology / Edition 1

by Julia A. Hendon
     
 

Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice provides a nuanced introduction to the archaeology of Mesoamerica. Offering an alternative to traditional textbooks, this volume places the reader in the middle of contemporary debates among top archaeologists actively exploring the major prehispanic societies of Mexico and Central America. Rather than

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Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice provides a nuanced introduction to the archaeology of Mesoamerica. Offering an alternative to traditional textbooks, this volume places the reader in the middle of contemporary debates among top archaeologists actively exploring the major prehispanic societies of Mexico and Central America. Rather than attempt a single synthesis of current archaeology from the region, the text focuses on key time periods, sites, and the issues these times and places require us to confront.

Mesoamerican Archaeology examines key moments in the Mesoamerican historical tradition, from the earliest villages where Olmec art flourished, to the Aztec and Maya City-states that Spanish invaders described in the sixteenth century. Taken together, these writings engage the chronological benchmarks of Pre-Columbian social development in Mesoamerica, such as the transition to village life, emergence of political stratification, and formation of Mesoamerican urban centers. The book is further enriched by an extensive editorial introduction, which situates contemporary Mesoamerican archaeology in the broader terms of the social politics of archaeology.

For further resources to use with this book - including study questions, maps and photographs - visit the website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/BSGA/mesoam

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230526
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
149,038
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Figures

List of Contributors

1. Mesoamerica: A Working Model
Rosemary A. Joyce, University of California, Berkeley

2. Mesoamerica Goes Public: Early Ceremonial Centers, Leaders, and Communities
John E. Clark, Brigham Young University

3. Shared Art Styles and Long-Distance Contact in Early Mesoamerica
Richard G. Lesure, University of California, Los Angeles

4. Governance and Policy at Classic Teotihuacan
Saburo Sugiyama, Aichi Prefectural University, Japan

5. Social Identity and Daily Life at Classic Teotihuacan
Linda Manzanilla, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

6. Social Diversity and Everyday Life within Classic Maya Settlements
Cynthia Robin, Northwestern University

7. Classic Maya Landscapes and Settlement
Wendy Ashmore, University of California, Riverside

8. Sacred Space and Social Relations in the Classic Valley of Oaxaca
Arthur A. Joyce, University of Colorado

9. The Archaeology of History in Postclassic Oaxaca
John M. D. Pohl, University of California, Los Angeles

10. Meaning by Design: Ceramics, Feasting and Figured Worlds in Postclassic Mexico
Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, Albion College

11. The Rural and Urban Landscapes of the Aztec State: Regional Perspectives and the Basin of Mexico Settlement Pattern Project
Deborah L. Nichols, Dartmouth College

12. Postclassic and Colonial Period Sources on Maya Society and History
Julia A. Hendon, Gettysburg College

Glossary

Index

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