This is one of the most widely used textbooks in the USA and in this revised edition has been substantially updated from recent archaeological fieldwork. It presents 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 civilisations, Adams examines in detail each period of cultural history: the first immigrants, the Olmec and their contemporaries; Maya beginnings and classic civilisation; the great cities of Teotihuacan and Monte Alban; the rise and fall of the Toltec; and the civilisations of the Tarascans, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Totonacs, and Aztecs. "A magnificently coherent picture of our current knowledge in the field of Mexican and Central American pre-Columbian cultures" National Geographic Research and Exploration.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)|
About 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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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.