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In this revised edition of Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Richard E. W. Adams updates his widely adopted text with material from recent archaeological fieldwork to present a balanced summary and overview of the region that is today Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. Following an introduction to Mesoamerican studies, a brief geographic sketch of the region, and a summary of the major features of its civilizations, Adams examines in detail each period of cultural history: the first immigrants; the Olmec and their contemporaries; Maya beginnings and classic civilization; the great cities of Teotihuacan and Monte Alban; the rise and fall of the Toltec; and the civilizations of the Tarascans, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Totonacs, and Aztecs.
Posted March 5, 2000
As a master's student in archaeology and having had Adams as a professor, I can say that this book contains a world of ACCURATE knowledge for those curious about the cultures of Ancient Mesoamerica. Adams knows what he's talking about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.