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Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz

Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz


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Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz explores the diverse traditions and dynamic interactions along the Mexican Gulf lowlands at the height of their cultural florescence. Best known for their elaborate ballgame rituals and precocious inscriptions with long-count dates, these cultures served as a critical nexus between the civilizations of highland Mexico and the lowland Maya, influencing developments in both regions.

Eleven chapters penned by leading experts in archaeology, art history, and linguistics offer new insights into ancient iconography and writing, the construction of sociopolitical landscapes, and the historical interplay between local developments and external influences at Cerro de las Mesas, Tres Zapotes, Matacapan, and many lesser-known sites. The result is a new, vibrant perspective on ancient lifeways along the Mexican Gulf lowlands and an important updated source for future research in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884023500
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 06/30/2008
Series: Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Pre-Columbian Studies
Pages: 526
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Philip J. Arnold III is Professor of Anthropology at Loyola University Chicago.

Christopher A. Pool is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

Robert S. Santley was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Editors' Preface     xi
Charting Classic Veracruz   Philip J. Arnold III   Christopher A. Pool     1
Historical Currents in Classic Veracruz Research   Philip J. Arnold III   Christopher A. Pool   Richard A. Diehl     23
The Epi-Olmec Language and Its Neighbors   Terrence Kaufman   John Justeson     55
Polity and Economy in the Western Lower Papaloapan Basin   Barbara L. Stark     85
Architectural Plans, Factionalism, and the Proto-Classic-Classic Transition at Tres Zapotes   Christopher A. Pool     121
The Epi-Olmec Tradition at Cerro de las Mesas in the Classic Period   John Justeson   Terrence Kaufman     159
Ball Courts and Politics in the Lower Cotaxtla Valley: A Model to Understand Classic Central Veracruz?   Annick Daneels     197
Continuity and Change in Late Classic Southern Veracruz Art, Hieroglyphs, and Religion   Cherra Wyllie     225
Social Landscapes and Political Dynamics in the Southern Gulf-Coast Lowlands (AD 500-1000)   Javier Urcid   Thomas W. Killion     259
Classic Currents in the West-Central Tuxtlas   Philip J. Arnold III   Robert S. Santley     293
IconographicInteraction between El Tajin and South-Central Veracruz   Rex Koontz     323
Notes on Contributors     361
Index     367

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