Ancient Mesoamerica: A Comparison of Change in Three Regions

Ancient Mesoamerica: A Comparison of Change in Three Regions

Paperback New Studies in Archaeology

By (author) Richard E. Blanton, By (author) Stephen A. Kowalewski, By (author) Gary M. Feinman, By (author) Laura M. Finsten

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  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 16mm | 535g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521446066
  • ISBN 13: 9780521446068
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 72 b/w illus. 4 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,179,789

Product description

Mesoamerica has become one of the world's most important areas for research into the emergence of complex human societies. Between 10,000 years ago and the arrival of the Spanish in 1521, some of the most significant changes in the evolution of human societies occurred. These included the emergence of agriculture and sedentary villages, the growth of centralized governments (chiefdoms and states), and the rise of market systems, cities, and highly stratified social systems. In the 1970s and 1980s a number of ambitious research efforts produced exciting data on culture change in Mesoamerica. In this revised and updated 1993 edition of a book first published in 1981, the authors present a synthesis of Mesoamerican prehistory, focusing on three of its most intensively studied regions, the Valleys of Oaxaca and Mexico and the Maya lowlands. An original framework of ideas is developed to explain long-term change in complex societies.

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"This has to be one of the most valuable student texts of recent years, and should be compulsory reading for all students of archaeology." Nick Sanders, New Scientist

Table of contents

1. The growth of Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory; 2. Preceramic Mesoamerica; 3. The Valley of Oaxaca; 4. The Valley of Mexico; 5. The eastern lowlands; 6. Comparisons and conclusions.