Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

ISBN-10: 0500290768

ISBN-13: 9780500290767

Edition: 2013

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Description: Michael D. Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling The Maya 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.

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The geographic setting
Languages and peoples
Periods
Early Hunters
The Archaic Period
The Desert Culture in North America
The origins of Mexican cultivated plants
The importance of maize
Other cultigens
Caves and rockshelters of northeastern Mexico
Santa Marta rockshelter
The Tehuacan Valley
Other Archaic sites
The Archaic period and the origins of settled life
The Preclassic Period: Early Villagers
The Early Preclassic in Chiapas
Early Preclassic villagers in Oaxaca
The site of Tlatilco
Established villages of the Middle Preclassic
Late Preclassic cultures of the central highlands
The Mezcala puzzle
The shaft-tomb art of western Mexico and the Teuchitlan Tradition
The Preclassic Period: Early Civilizations
Background of civilized life
The Olmec civilization
The San Lorenzo Olmecs
El Manat�
The Olmecs of La Venta
Chiapa de Corzo - a La Venta outlier?
Tres Zapotes and the Long Count calendar
The Olmecs beyond the heartland
Early Zapotec civilization
Izapan civilization
La Mojarra and the Isthmian script
The Classic Period
Rise of the great civilizations
The urban civilization of Teotihuacan
The Great Pyramid of Cholula
Cerro de las Mesas
Classic Monte Alb�n and Classic Veracruz civilization
The Classic downfall
The Epiclassic Period
The Maya connection: Cacaxtla and Xochicalco
Cholula
Cantona
El Taj�n
Central Veracruz
Valley of Oaxaca
Northwestern Mexico
The end of the Epiclassic
The Post-Classic Period: The Toltec State
A time of troubles
The Chichimeca of northern Mexico
Tula and the Toltecs
The Toltec annals
Archaeological Tula
Tula and Chich'en Itza
The Post-Classic Period: Rival States
Late Zapotec culture at Mitla
The Mixtecs
The Huastec
The Tarascan kingdom
Casas Grandes and the northern trade route
The rise of the Aztec state
The consolidation of Aztec power
The Aztecs in 1519
The island city
Aztec society
The long-distance merchants
Becoming an Aztec
Marriage
The Triple Alliance and the Empire
The emperor and the palace
Food and agriculture
War and human sacrifice
Aztec religion
Aztec art and architecture
Aztec thought and literature
Epilogue
The Spanish Conquest
New Spain and the Colonial world
The "ladinoization" of Mexico
Aftermath
Visiting Mexico
Chronological Table
Reigning Monarchs of the Aztec State
Text References
Further Reading
Sources of Illustrations
Index
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