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The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology (Oxford Handbooks)


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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 by 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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents


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 Gándera

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 Gómez 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 Albán, 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 Maëlle 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 Alexander

Product Details

Nichols, Deborah L.
Oxford University Press, USA
Pool, Christopher A.
Archaeology | South & Central American
World History-Mexico
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6.8 x 9.8 x 1.7 in 3.3 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Central America
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Mexico

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