Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs / Edition 6

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs / Edition 6

by Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz

"Masterly....The complexities of Mexico's ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted."—Library JournalSee more details below


"Masterly....The complexities of Mexico's ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted."—Library Journal

Product Details

Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
Ancient Peoples and Places Series
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
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Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chronological Table9
The geographic setting12
Languages and peoples16
2Early Hunters20
3The Archaic Period28
The Desert Culture in North America28
The origins of Mexican cultivated plants29
The importance of maize30
Other cultigens33
Caves and rockshelters of northeastern Mexico34
Santa Marta rockshelter35
The Tehuacan Valley36
Other Archaic sites39
The Archaic period and the origins of settled life39
4The Preclassic Period: Early Villagers41
The Early Preclassic in Chiapas43
Early Preclassic villagers in Oaxaca45
The site of Tlatilco46
Established villages of the Middle Preclassic51
Late Preclassic cultures of the central highlands52
The Mezcala puzzle55
The shaft-tomb art of western Mexico56
5The Preclassic Period: Early Civilizations59
Background of civilized life59
The Olmec civilization60
The San Lorenzo Olmec66
El Manati70
The Olmec of La Venta70
Tres Zapotes and the Long Count calendar74
The Olmecs beyond the heartland77
Early Zapotec civilization81
Izapan civilization86
La Mojarra and the Isthmian script87
6The Classic Period89
Rise of the great civilizations89
The urban civilization of Teotihuacan91
The Great Pyramid of Cholula106
The Maya connection: Cacaxtla and Xochicalco107
Cerro de las Mesas113
The Classic Veracruz civilization115
Remojadas potters119
Classic Monte Alban120
The Classic downfall126
7The Post-Classic Period: the Toltec State129
A time of troubles129
The northern barbarians130
Tula and the Toltecs131
Archaeological Tula134
Tula and Chichen Itza143
The 'Turquoise Road'144
8The Post-Classic Period: Rival States149
Late Zapotec culture at Mitla149
The Mixtecs150
The Tarascan kingdom154
The rise of the Aztec state157
The consolidation of Aztec power160
9The Aztecs in 1519163
The island city163
Aztec society167
The long-distance merchants168
Becoming an Aztec169
The Triple Alliance and the Empire171
The emperor and the palace172
Food and agriculture174
War and human sacrifice175
Aztec religion177
Aztec art and architecture185
Aztec thought and literature192
The Spanish Conquest197
New Spain and the Colonial world200
The 'ladinoization' of Mexico202
Reigning Monarchs of the Aztec State204
Text References204
Further Reading205
List of Illustrations209

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