The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition

The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition

Hardback Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia

Edited by Julia Guernsey, Edited by John E. Clark, Edited by Barbara Arroyo

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  • Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 284mm x 28mm | 1,315g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Washington DC
  • ISBN 10: 0884023648
  • ISBN 13: 9780884023647
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 94 halftones; 88 black & white illustrations; 31 maps; 5 tables

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This volume considers the significance of stone monuments in Preclassic Mesoamerica, focusing on the period following the precocious appearance of monumental sculpture at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo and preceding the rise of the Classic polities in the Maya region and Central Mexico. By quite literally placing sculptures in their cultural, historical, social, political, religious, and cognitive contexts, the seventeen contributors utilize archaeological and art historical methods to understand the origins, growth, and spread of civilization in Middle America. They present abundant new data and new ways of thinking about sculpture and society in Preclassic Mesoamerica, and call into question the traditional dividing line between Preclassic and Classic cultures. They offer not only a fruitful way of rethinking the beginnings of civilization in Mesoamerica, but provide a series of detailed discussions concerning how these beginnings were dynamically visualized through sculptural programming during the Preclassic period.

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