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Ancient Oaxaca : the Monte Albán State

Author: Richard E Blanton
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Series: Case studies in early societies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Investigates the emergence of social complexity and state formation in ancient Oaxaca, the site of one of the earliest Native American states, located in present-day Mexico.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard E Blanton
ISBN: 0521571146 9780521571142 052157787X 9780521577878
OCLC Number: 41420906
Description: ix, 153 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: Mesoamerica and its pre-Hispanic civilization --
The nature of civilizations --
Interaction spheres and world systems --
Mesoamerican civilization in the Late Postclassic --
Mesoamerica in 1000 B.C. --
The importance of states --
2. The Valley of Oaxaca: a regional setting for an early state --
The physical environment --
Before Monte Alban --
The Middle Formative --
3. The origins of Monte Alban --
The new center --
Monte Alban as a disembedded capital --
Monte Alban in the Mesoamerican world --
4. The great transformation --
The evolution of hierarchy --
Agricultural intensification and its consequences --
Art, ideology, and ritual --
State formation from the perspective of the household --
Change and Period I --
5. Synthesis and conclusions --
Monte Alban and traditional theories of state formation --
New theoretical directions --
Additional theoretical issues --
How to study early states.
Series Title: Case studies in early societies.
Responsibility: Richard E. Blanton [and others].
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Just after 500 BC, one of the earliest states in the New World developed in the Valley of Oaxaca. The newly created political institution profoundly transformed the society and its technology. This  Read more...


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'Blanton, Gary Feinman, Kowalewski and Linda Niholas have been major contributors to our current understanding of ancient Oaxaca. This book is a welcome summary of their data and interpretations Read more...

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