David C. Grove, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"This eloquently written and beautifully organized study of the rise of complex life in southeastern Mesoamerica demonstrates that major anthropological questions - and their possible answers - can arise from the excavation of even small sites. Rosenswig has given us a tour-de-force of anthropological archaeology, and a milestone in Mesoamerican research."
Michael D. Coe, Yale University
"Rosenswig documents his refreshing approach with important studies of ceramics, figurines, obsidian, and iconography … His compelling, innovative assessment is distinct from other significant works."