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This major revision of Richard E. W. Adams’s classic text on the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica adds new information available from archaeological fieldwork in the region from the 1990s through 2004 and also evaluates recent theories regarding the remarkable prehistoric cultures of a region that today encompasses Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of Honduras and El Salvador.

This up-to-date overview provides an introduction to Mesoamerican studies, a brief geographic sketch of the region, and a summary of the major features of its civilizations. Adams follows with a detailed examination of each period of Mesoamerican cultural history, from early prehistoric times through the rise and fall of various city-states to the ascendancy and ultimate fall of the Aztec Empire.

Prehistoric Mesoamerica will be of interest to both students and scholars in the field and to general readers interested in the rich diversity of Mesoamerican art, society, politics, and intellectual achievement.

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Library Journal
With a new publisher, Adams has updated his successful textbook on the pre-Columbian archaeology of Mexico and Guatemala (Little, Brown, 1977). This book is a no-nonsense, no-frills introduction to the Aztec, Maya, and their predecessors. It provides an information-packed summary of a complex field in which dramatic discoveries have been made in recent years. This edition is more readable, its illustrations are better distributed, and it is larger by 20 percent. Well written and current, it should be a hit on college campuses and among the informed public.-- William S. Dancey, Ohio State Univ., Columbus
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An introduction to Mesoamerican studies, and an overview of the culture in what now comprises Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize from the earliest human settlements to the European invasion. The new edition incorporates recent archaeological findings. For college students and general readers. Includes a pronunciation guide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806128344
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard E. W. Adams has conducted more than forty years of fieldwork in Mesoamerican archaeology and has authored or edited fourteen books on the subject. He is Ashbel Smith Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Adams knows...

    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.

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