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Cities of Ancient Mexico : Reconstructing a Lost World

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ISBN-10: 0500275882

ISBN-13: 9780500275887

Edition: 1st

Authors: Jeremy A. Sabloff

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Ancient Mexico was one of the great independent hearths of civilization. Out of a varied landscape grew some of the richest cultures of the early historic world - Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Toltec, and Aztec. Standard histories tend to focus on the individual societies, but Jeremy Sabloff's popular study takes an original approach, emphasizing the unity of Mexican civilization. In a series of fascinating vignettes, Professor Sabloff describes what it would have been like to have lived during the heyday of Mexico's greatest cities. Through the eyes of astronomers and ballplayers, merchants and priests, we see the temples, palaces, and tombs of a civilization obsessed with ritual and death. But…    
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Book details

Edition: 1st
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Language: English

Jeremy A. Sabloff is Curator of Mesoamerican Archaeology, Williams Director Emeritus, and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of Antiquaries, London. Sabloff's research interests range from the study of ancient Maya civilization, to archaeological theory and method, to the history of American archaeology, to pre-industrial urbanism, and to the use of settlement pattern studies. He has conducted field work in the Maya lowlands of Mexico and Guatemala including…    

Chronological chartp. 8
Introductionp. 9
Hunters, Villagers, and City-Dwellersp. 19
San Lorenzo and the Olmees: Laying the Foundations for Mexican Civilizationp. 31
Monte Alban: Sacred City of the Zapotecsp. 43
Teotihuacan: Metropolis in the Valley of Mexicop. 57
The Southern Maya Sites of Cerros and Palenquep. 73
Uxmal and the Northern Maya Lowlandsp. 89
Tula: Capital of Toltee Mexicop. 105
The Aztecs and Tenochtitlanp. 117
The Roots of Mexican Civilizationp. 133
Reconstructing the Pastp. 155
Reconstructing Ancient Mexicop. 163
Reconstructing Life in the Citiesp. 171
Gazetteerp. 199
Map of Mesoamericap. 200
Further readingp. 214
Notes to the textp. 218
List of illustrationsp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 221
Indexp. 222
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