Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Chatinos: Ancient Peoples of Southern Mexico

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 9, 2011 - Social Science - 368 pages
Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Chatinos: Ancient Peoples of Southern Mexico examines the origins, history, and interrelationships of the civilizations that arose and flourished in Oaxaca.
  • Provides an up-to-date summary of the current state of research findings and archaeological evidence
  • Uses contemporary social theory to address many key problems relating to archaeology of the Americas, including the dynamics of social life and the rise and fall of civilizations
  • Adds clarity to ongoing debates over cultural change and interregional interactions in ancient Mesoamerican societies
  • Supplemented with compelling illustrations, photographs, and line drawings of various archaeological sites and artifacts

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List of Contributors
two Peoples and Landscapes on the Eveof Conquest the Spanish
three From Foragers to VillageLife FirstPeoples
The Founding and Early
six Political Centralization in the Mixteca and Coast
Urbanizationin theLowerRíoVerde Valley Political Collapseinthe Mixtecaand the Oaxaca Coast seven Authority and Polityinthe Classic Period
eight Collapse andReemergence The CollapseintheOaxacan Highlands
nine Conclusions

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Arthur A. Joyce is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has carried out field research in Oaxaca since 1986. His current research interests include social theory in archaeology, human ecology, and the origins, development, and collapse of complex societies in Mesoamerica.

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