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Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

by Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

DIG
“A
must for anyone interested in archaeology and history.”
Antiquity
“A pioneering synthesis.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Compendious ...the first history that puts the subject in its full geographical and climatic context.”
Popular Archaeology
“Fascinating reading...an accessible, informed and extremely well illustrated introductory book.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500290767
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/14/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
158,347
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, andReading the Maya Glyphs. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Houston and has written widely on ancient Mexican art, architecture, and aesthetics.

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