Synopses & Reviews
Michael D. Coe's has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region's ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling has now been revised by Professor Coe and Rex Koontz. The seventh edition incorporates new findings in a number of disciplines. The solution to the long-standing puzzle of the origin of maize-farming has at last been solved, and spectacular new discoveries shed light on Mexico's earliest civilization, the Olmec culture. At the great city of Teotihuacan, recent investigations in the earliest monumental pyramid indicate the antiquity of certain sacrificial practices and the symbolism of the pyramid. Expanded information on the Huastec region of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico is included, while discoveries in the sacred precinct of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan have led to a refined understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.
Coe and Koontz recount the history of the pre-Spanish peoples ofMexico, which in this case stretches from the western border of the Maya civilization north to where Mexican farmers encountered nomadictribes of the desert. The Maya themselves, they say, are too complex and too distinct to be tagged onto this study. Among the new findingsincorporated into this edition is the origin of maize farming. They cover early hunters, the archaic period, early villagers and earlycivilizations of the preclassical period, the classic period, the epiclassic period, the Toltec state and rival states of thepost-classic period, and the Aztecs in 1519. An epilogue glances at the Spanish conquest and the colonial period.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"Masterly. . . . The complexities of Mexico's ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted." --
About the Author
Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, and