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The ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica : a reader

Author: Michael Ernest Smith; Marilyn A Masson
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The region of Mesoamerica, extending from central Mexico through Honduras and El Salvador, was home to a variety of advanced civilizations in ancient times. This reader contains 25 chapters written  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Ernest Smith; Marilyn A Masson
ISBN: 0631211152 9780631211150 0631211160 9780631211167
OCLC Number: 42475839
Description: xv, 497 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Mesoamerican civilizations / Marilyn A. Masson and Michael E. Smith --
Analyzing household activities / Kent V. Flannery and Marcus C. Winter --
Distinguishing the high and mighty from the Hoi Polloi at Tikal, Guatemala / William A. Haviland and Hattula Moholy-Nagy --
On the nature of the Mesoamerican city / Joyce Marcus --
Corporate groups and demestic activities at Teotihuacan / Linda Manzanilla --
Landscapes of cultivation in Mesoamerica on the eve of the conquest / Thomas M. Whitmore and B.L. Turner II --
Lithic craft specialization and product distribution at the Maya site of Colha, Belize / Harry J. Shafter and Thomas R. Hester --
Economic change in the Lowland Maya late Classic period / Prudence M. Rice --
Imports and exports in classic Mesoamerican political economy : the Tehuacan Valley and the Teotihuacan Obsidian industry / Robert D. Drennan, Philip T. Fitzgibbons and Heinz Dehn --
Principles of regional and long-distance trade in the Aztec Empire / Frances F. Berdan --
New perspectives on prehispanic highland Mesoamerica : a macroregional approach / Gary M. Feinman and Linda M. Nicholas --
Rural economy in late Postclassic Morelos : an archaeological study / Michael E. Smith and Cynthia Heath-Smith --
The power of prestige : competitive generosity and the emergence of rank societies in Lowland Mesoamerica / John E. Clark and Michael Blake --
Classic Maya Emblem Glyphs / Peter Mathews --
Ideology in ancient Maya cultural evolution : the dynamics of galactic politics / Arthur A. Demarest --
State and society at Teotihuacan, Mexico / George L. Cowgill --
Militarism and social organization at Xochicalco, Morelos / Kenneth G. Hirth --
The four priests : political stability / John M.D. Pohl --
Art, ritual and rulership in the Olmec world / F. Kent Reilly III --
Ancient Zapotec ritual and religion : an application of the direct historical approach / Joyce Marcus and Kent V. Flannery --
Kingship in the late preclassic Maya Lowlands : the instruments and places of ritual power / David A. Freidel and Linda Schele --
Postclassic Maya ritual at Laguna de On Island, Belize / Marilyn A. Masson --
figurines and the Aztec State : testing the effectiveness of ideological domination / Elizabeth M. Brumfiel --
Living with the ancestors : kinship and kingship in ancient Maya Society / Patricia A. McAnany.
Responsibility: edited by Michael E. Smith and Marilyn A. Masson.

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