The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology provides a current and comprehensive guide to the recent and on-going archaeology of Mesoamerica. Though the emphasis is on prehispanic societies, this Handbook also includes coverage of important new work by archaeologists on the Colonial and Republican periods. Unique among recent works, the text brings together in a single volume article-length regional syntheses and topical overviews written by active scholars in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology. The first section of the Handbook provides an overview of recent history and trends of Mesoamerica and articles on national archaeology programs and practice in Central America and Mexico written by archaeologists from these countries. These are followed regional syntheses organized by time period, beginning with early hunter-gatherer societies and the first farmers of Mesoamerica and concluding with a discussion of the Spanish Conquest and frontiers and peripheries of Mesoamerica. Topical and comparative articles comprise the remainder of Handbook. They cover important dimensions of prehispanic societies-from ecology, economy, and environment to social and political relations-and discuss significant methodological contributions, such as geo-chemical source studies, as well as new theories and diverse theoretical perspectives. The Handbook concludes with a section on the archaeology of the Spanish conquest and the Colonial and Republican periods to connect the prehispanic, proto-historic, and historic periods. This volume will be a must-read for students and professional archaeologists, as well as other scholars including historians, art historians, geographers, and ethnographers with an interest in Mesoamerica.show more

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  • Hardback | 1000 pages
  • 178 x 250 x 46mm | 1,601.17g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 173 ill.
  • 0195390938
  • 9780195390933
  • 1,670,812

About Deborah L. Nichols

Deborah L. Nichols is William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Christopher A. Pool is University Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.show more

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An excellent resource for students, researchers, and professionals alike: it is a realistic depiction of the discipline at the dawn of the 21st century, and of the general directions of Mesoamerican archaeology. * Papers from the Institute of Archaeology *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Mesoamerican Archaeology: Recent Trends ; Deborah L. Nichols and Christopher Pool ; Part I. Theory, Method, and Practice in Mesoamerican Archaeology ; 2. A Short History of Theory in Mesoamerican Archaeology, Manuel Gandera ; 3. Mexico's National Archaeology Programs, Nelly Robles ; 4. Archaeology in Guatemala: Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos ; 5. The Archaeology of Belize in the 21st Century, Jaime J. Awe ; 6. Mesoamerica's Southern Frontier, Geoffrey McCafferty, Fabio Amador, Silvia Salgado, and Carrie Dennett ; 7. Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples, Shoshaunna Parks and Patricia McAnany ; 8. Time and Space Boundaries: Chronologies and Regions in Mesoamerica, Susan Evans ; Part II. Hunter-Gatherers and First Farmers ; 9. Ice Age Hunter-Gatherers and Colonization of Mesoamerica, Guillermo Acosta Ochoa ; 10. Archaic Period Foragers and Farmers, Douglas Kennett ; 11. The Origins of Food Production in Mesoamerica, Dolores Piperno and Bruce Smith ; Part III. Villages, Cities, States and Empires ; Formation of Early Complex Societies, Cities, and States ; 12. The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica, Christopher A. Pool ; 13. Not Carved in Stone: Building the Gulf Olmec from the Bottom Up, Philip Arnold ; 14. The Development of Complex Societies in Formative Period Pacific Guatemala and Chiapas, Michael Love ; 15. Ideology, Polity, and Social History of the Teotihuacan State, Saburo Sugiyama ; 16. Cultural Evolution in the Southern Highlands of Mexico: From The Emergence of Social Inequality and Urban Society to the Decline of Classic Period States, Christina Elson ; 17. Archaeology of the Maya Highlands, Barbara Arroyo ; 18. Complex Societies in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Their Development and Florescence in the Archaeological Record, Arlen Chase and Diane Chase ; 19. The Rise of Formative Period Complex Societies in Northern Maya Lowlands, Travis Stanton ; 20. Interaction among the Complex Societies of Classic Period Mesoamerica, Sergio Gomez and Michael Spence ; Developmental Cycles: Collapse and Regeneration ; 21. Concepts of Collapse and Regeneration in Human History, George Cowgill ; 22. Teotihuacan and the Epiclassic in Central Mexico, Jeffrey Parsons and Yoko Sugiura ; 23. The Classic Maya Collapse, David Webster ; 24. Searching for Tollan: Authority and Urbanism in Oaxaca after Monte Alban, Jeffrey Blomster ; 25. Developmental Cycles in the Gulf Lowlands: Collapse and Regeneration, Annick Daneels ; 26. Tula and the Toltecs, Dan Healan and Robert Cobean ; 27. Chichen Itza, Mayapan, and the Postclassic Transition among the Maya of Northern Yucatan, George Bey and William Ringle ; 28. Late Postclassic Maya Highlands, Greg Borgstede and Eugenia Robinson ; 29. Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica: A Corridor of Interaction from Olmec to Aztec Times, Robert M. Rosenswig ; 30. The Tarascan Empire: Postclassic Social Complexity in West Mexico, Helen Pearlstein Pollard ; 31. The Aztec Empire, Michael Smith and Maelle Sergheraert ; 32. The Conquest of Mexico, Michel Oudijk ; Peripheries and Frontiers ; 33. Networks, Cores, and Peripheries: New Frontiers in Interaction Studies, Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban ; 34. The Southeastern Fringe of Mesoamerica, John Henderson and Kathryn Hudson ; 35. Current Views on Power, Economics and Subsistence in Ancient West Mexico, Christopher Beekman ; 36. Mesoamerica and the Southwest/Northwest, Randall McGuire ; 37. Aztec Boundary Interactions, Michael Ohnersorgen and Marcie Venter ; Part IV. Institutions, Beliefs, and Practices: Topical and Comparative Perspectives ; Economies and Economic Relations ; 38. Agricultural Landuse and Intensification, Vernon Scarborough ; 39. Searching out Prehispanic Landscapes in Mesoamerica, Alfred Siemens ; 40. Ecological Approaches to Archaeological Research in Central Mexico: New Directions, Emily McClung ; 41. Sources and Sourcing, Ronald Bishop ; 42. Crafting and Manufacturing in Mesoamerica: Critical Engagements in Theory and Method, E. Christian Wells ; 43. The Domestication of Stone in Mesoamerica, John Clark ; 44. Ceramic Technology and Production, Prudence Rice ; 45. Mesoamerican Metallurgical Technology and Production, Blanca Maldonado ; 46. As the Whorl Turns: Function and Meaning in Mesoamerican Textile Production, Geoffery McCafferty and Sherisse MaCafferty ; 47. Markets, Merchants, and Systems of Exchange, Kenneth Hirth ; 48. Central Mexican States and Imperial Tribute Systems, Frances Berdan ; Social and Political Relations ; 49. Archaeology of Gender in Mesoamerican Societies, Rosemary Joyce ; 50. Class and Ethnicity, Elizabeth Brumfiel and Cynthia Robin ; 51. Households in Ancient Mesoamerica: Domestic Social Organization, Status, Economies, and Rituals, David Carballo ; 52. "Community", Marcello Canuto and Jason Yaeger ; 53. Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica, Richard Blanton ; 54. Mesoamerican States and Empires, Gary Feinman ; Beliefs and Rituals ; 55. Creation and Cosmology: Gods and Mythic Origins in Ancient Mesoamerica, Karl Taube ; 56. Sacred Places and Sacred Landscapes, Katheryn Reese-Taylor ; 57. Practices and Practitioners, Keith Reilly ; 58. The Living and the Dead, James Fitzsimmons ; Art and Iconography, Calendars, Writing, and Literature ; 59. Mesoamerican Calendars and Archaeoastronomy, Anthony Aveni ; 60. Themes in the Art of the Preclassic Period, Mary Pye ; 61. Art of the Classic Period, Rex Koontz ; 62. Art in the Aztec Empire, Emily Umberger ; 63. Early Mesoamerican Writing Systems, John Justeson ; 64. Maya Writing, Nikolai Grube ; 65. Scribal Traditions from Highland Mesoamerica (A.D. 300-1000), Javier Urcid ; 66. Nahua and Mixtec Pictorial Books: Religion and History Through Visual Text, Lori Boornazian Diel ; 67. Colonial Documents, Eduardo de Jesus Douglas ; Part V. The Spanish Conquest and Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods ; 68. The Spanish Conquest and the Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods, John Pohl ; 69. Population Decline During and After Conquest, Rebecca Storey ; 70. Historical Archaeology in Central and Western Mesoamerica, Patricia Fournier and Thomas Charlton ; 71. Landscape Change in the Maya Region, AD 1450-1910, Rani Alexandershow more

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An excellent resource for students, researchers, and professionals alike: it is a realistic depiction of the discipline at the dawn of the 21st century, and of the general directions of Mesoamerican archaeology. Papers from the Institute of Archaeologyshow more

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