The Beginnings of Mesoamerican Civilization: Inter-Regional Interaction and the Olmec

The Beginnings of Mesoamerican Civilization: Inter-Regional Interaction and the Olmec

by Robert M. Rosenswig
ISBN-10:
0521111021
ISBN-13:
9780521111027
Pub. Date:
12/28/2009
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Overview

The Beginnings of Mesoamerican Civilization: Inter-Regional Interaction and the Olmec

Mesoamerica is one of a several cradles of civilization in the world. In this book, Robert M. Rosenswig proposes that we understand Early Formative Mesoamerica as an archipelago of complex societies that interacted with one another over long distances and that were separated by less sedentary peoples. These early "islands" of culture shared an Olmec artistic aesthetic, beginning approximately 1250 BCE (uncalibrated), that first defined Mesoamerica as a culture area. Rosenswig frames the Olmec world from the perspective of the Soconusco area on Pacifica Chiapas and Guatemala. The disagreements about Early Formative society that have raged over the past 30 years focus on the nature of inter-regional interaction between San Lorenzo and other Early Formative regions. He evaluates these debates from a fresh theoretical perspective and integrates new data into an assessment of Soconusco society before, during, and after the apogee of the San Lorenzo polity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521111027
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 396
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. An Early Formative Mesoamerican Problem: 1. Introduction; 2. Knowledge in an archipelago of complexity; 3. Mesoamerica's first style horizons and the 'Olmec problem'; Part II. Archaeological Data: 4. Settlement patterns and architecture; 5. Diet, food processing and feasting; 6. Representations and aesthetics; 7. Inter-regional exchange patterns; Part III. Deriving Meaning from the Archaeological Record: 8. Data and expectations; 9. Conclusions.

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