Vanished Mesoamerican civilizations
Reflecting extensive archaeological fieldwork carried out under the author's direction, and richly illustrated throughout, this is the first comprehensive reference on two great but little-known Mesoamerican cultures that flourished for thousands of years in the present-day southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The Zapotecs were skilled builders who constructed one of early America's most magnificant architectural complexes on the hilltop pf Monte Alban, a site that includes elaborately crafted temples, plaza, tombs and statuary. The nearby Mixtecs lived in smaller units and created fabulous mosaics, sculpture, and jewelry. They also developed a pictographic system of writing, which they drew on exquisite polychrome pottery and deersking codices. Through careful dechiphering and analysis of written, artistic, and architectural remains, Ancient Mesoamericans provides extraordinary glimpses of these two very different societies, their culture, rituals, and daily lives.
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Albdn Alfonso Caso Antechamber archaeological archaeologists architecture Aztecs Ball Court bas-reliefs bones burials cacique Caso caverns Central Valleys ceremonial Cerro Cocijo Codex Cospi Codex Nuttall codices Columns Group complex Cuilapan cultural Dainzu decorated deities doorjambs ear plugs east entrance Etla Valley excavations facade feet figures funerary glyphs gods Grand Plaza headdress Huamelulpan Huijazoo IIIA important inhabitants Lambityeco lintel Mesoamerica meters Mitla Mixtec area Mixtec region Mixteca Alta Monte Alban mortuary chamber Mound multicolored murals niches North Platform Oaxaca region ocher offerings painted Patio pendants phase IIIB political Postclassic Period pottery pre-Hispanic priests rectangular redrawn after Marquina Region of Oaxaca San Jose Mogote serpent settlement side skeletons skull slabs social stairway stelae stepped fret stone stucco style tableros temples Teotihuacan Terra cotta urn Tilantongo Tlacolula Tlacolula Valley turquoise Tututepec Valley of Oaxaca various vessels village wall Yagul Yucuita Zaachila