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Ancient Mesoamerica : A Comparison of Change in Three Regions - Richard E. Blanton

Ancient Mesoamerica

A Comparison of Change in Three Regions

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Published: 30th August 1993
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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 last two decades a number of ambitious research efforts have produced exciting new data on culture change in Mesoamerica. In this revised and updated edition of a book first published in l98l, 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.

"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

The growth of Mesoamerican archaeology and ethnohistory
Preceramic Mesoamerica
The Valley of Oaxaca
The Valley of Mexico
The eastern lowlands
Comparisons and conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521446068
ISBN-10: 0521446066
Series: New Studies in Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 30th August 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised