The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology by Deborah L. NicholsThe Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology by Deborah L. Nichols

The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

byDeborah L. Nichols, Christopher A. Pool

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The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology provides a current and comprehensive guide to the recent and on-going archaeology of Mesoamerica. Though the emphasis is on prehispanic societies, this Handbook also includes coverage of important new work by archaeologists on the Colonial andRepublican periods. Unique among recent works, the text brings together in a single volume article-length regional syntheses and topical overviews written by active scholars in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology. The first section of the Handbook provides an overview of recent history and trends of Mesoamerica and articles on national archaeology programs and practice in Central America and Mexico written by archaeologists from these countries. These are followed by regional syntheses organized by timeperiod, beginning with early hunter-gatherer societies and the first farmers of Mesoamerica and concluding with a discussion of the Spanish Conquest and frontiers and peripheries of Mesoamerica. Topical and comparative articles comprise the remainder of Handbook. They cover important dimensions ofprehispanic societies -- from ecology, economy, and environment to social and political relations -- and discuss significant methodological contributions, such as geo-chemical source studies, as well as new theories and diverse theoretical perspectives. The Handbook concludes with a section on thearchaeology of the Spanish conquest and the Colonial and Republican periods to connect the prehispanic, proto-historic, and historic periods. This volume will be a must-read for students and professional archaeologists, as well as other scholars including historians, art historians, geographers, andethnographers with an interest in Mesoamerica.
Deborah L. Nichols is William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Christopher A. Pool is University Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican ArchaeologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1000 pagesPublished:May 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Deborah L. Nichols and Christopher Pool: Mesoamerican Archaeology: Recent TrendsPart I: Theory, Method, and Practice in Mesoamerican Archaeology2. Manuel Gandera: A Short History of Theory in Mesoamerican Archaeology3. Nelly Robles: Mexico's National Archaeology Programs4. Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos: Archaeology in Guatemala: Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist5. Jaime J. Awe: The Archaeology of Belize in the 21st Century6. Geoffrey McCafferty, Fabio Amador, Silvia Salgado, and Carrie Dennett: Mesoamerica's Southern Frontier7. Shoshaunna Parks and Patricia McAnany: Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples8. Susan Evans: Time and Space Boundaries: Chronologies and Regions in MesoamericaPart II: Hunter-Gatherers and First Farmers9. Guillermo Acosta Ochoa: Ice Age Hunter-Gatherers and Colonization of Mesoamerica10. Douglas Kennett: Archaic Period Foragers and Farmers11. Dolores Piperno and Bruce Smith: The Origins of Food Production in MesoamericaPart III: Villages, Cities, States and EmpiresFormation of Early Complex Societies, Cities, and States12. Christopher A. Pool: The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica13. Philip Arnold: Not Carved in Stone: Building the Gulf Olmec from the Bottom Up14. Michael Love: The Development of Complex Societies in Formative Period Pacific Guatemala and Chiapas15. Saburo Sugiyama: Ideology, Polity, and Social History of the Teotihuacan State16. Christina Elson: Cultural Evolution in the Southern Highlands of Mexico: From The Emergence of Social Inequality and Urban Society to the Decline of Classic Period States17. Barbara Arroyo: Archaeology of the Maya Highlands18. Arlen Chase and Diane Chase: Complex Societies in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Their Development and Florescence in the Archaeological Record19. Travis Stanton: The Rise of Formative Period Complex Societies in Northern Maya Lowlands20. Sergio Gomez and Michael Spence: Interaction among the Complex Societies of Classic Period MesoamericaDevelopmental Cycles: Collapse and Regeneration21. George Cowgill: Concepts of Collapse and Regeneration in Human History22. Jeffrey Parsons and Yoko Sugiura: Teotihuacan and the Epiclassic in Central Mexico23. David Webster: The Classic Maya Collapse24. Jeffrey Blomster: Searching for Tollan: Authority and Urbanism in Oaxaca after Monte Alban25. Annick Daneels: Developmental Cycles in the Gulf Lowlands: Collapse and Regeneration26. Dan Healan and Robert Cobean: Tula and the Toltecs27. George Bey and William Ringle: Chichen Itza, Mayapan, and the Postclassic Transition among the Maya of Northern Yucatan28. Greg Borgstede and Eugenia Robinson: Late Postclassic Maya Highlands29. Robert M. Rosenswig: Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica: A Corridor of Interaction from Olmec to Aztec Times30. Helen Pearlstein Pollard: The Tarascan Empire: Postclassic Social Complexity in West Mexico31. Michael Smith and Maelle Sergheraert: The Aztec Empire32. Michel Oudijk: The Conquest of MexicoPeripheries and Frontier33. Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban: Networks, Cores, and Peripheries: New Frontiers in Interaction Studies34. John Henderson and Kathryn Hudson: The Southeastern Fringe of Mesoamerica35. Christopher Beekman: Current Views on Power, Economics and Subsistence in Ancient West Mexico36. Randall McGuire: Mesoamerica and the Southwest/Northwest37. Michael Ohnersorgen and Marcie Venter: Aztec Boundary InteractionsPart IV: Institutions, Beliefs, and Practices: Topical and Comparative PerspectivesEconomies and Economic Relations38. Vernon Scarborough: Agricultural Landuse and Intensification39. Alfred Siemens: Searching out Prehispanic Landscapes in Mesoamerica40. Emily McClung: Ecological Approaches to Archaeological Research in Central Mexico: New Directions41. Ronald Bishop: Sources and Sourcing42. E. Christian Wells: Crafting and Manufacturing in Mesoamerica: Critical Engagements in Theory and Method43. John Clark: The Domestication of Stone in Mesoamerica44. Prudence Rice: Ceramic Technology and Production45. Blanca Maldonado: Mesoamerican Metallurgical Technology and Production46. Geoffery McCafferty and Sherisse MaCafferty: As the Whorl Turns: Function and Meaning in Mesoamerican Textile Production47. Kenneth Hirth: Markets, Merchants, and Systems of Exchange48. Frances Berdan: Central Mexican States and Imperial Tribute SystemsSocial and Political Relations49. Rosemary Joyce: Archaeology of Gender in Mesoamerican Societies50. Elizabeth Brumfiel and Cynthia Robin: Class and Ethnicity51. David Carballo: Households in Ancient Mesoamerica: Domestic Social Organization, Status, Economies, and Rituals52. Marcello Canuto and Jason Yaeger: "Community"53. Richard Blanton: Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica54. Gary Feinman: Mesoamerican States and EmpiresBeliefs and Rituals55. Karl Taube: Creation and Cosmology: Gods and Mythic Origins in Ancient Mesoamerica56. Katheryn Reese-Taylor: Sacred Places and Sacred Landscapes57. Keith Reilly: Practices and Practitioners58. James Fitzsimmons: The Living and the DeadArt and Iconography, Calendars, Writing, and Literature59. Anthony Aveni: Mesoamerican Calendars and Archaeoastronomy60. Mary Pye: Themes in the Art of the Preclassic Period61. Rex Koontz: Art of the Classic Period62. Emily Umberger: Art in the Aztec Empire63. John Justeson: Early Mesoamerican Writing Systems64. Nikolai Grube: Maya Writing65. Javier Urcid: Scribal Traditions from Highland Mesoamerica (A.D. 300-1000)66. Lori Boornazian Diel: Nahua and Mixtec Pictorial Books: Religion and History Through Visual Text67. Eduardo de Jesus Douglas: Colonial DocumentsPart V: The Spanish Conquest and Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods68. John Pohl: The Spanish Conquest and the Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods69. Rebecca Storey: Population Decline During and After Conquest70. Patricia Fournier and Thomas Charlton: Historical Archaeology in Central and Western Mesoamerica71. Rani Alexander: Landscape Change in the Maya Region, AD 1450-1910

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"An excellent resource for students, researchers, and professionals alike: it is a realistic depiction of the discipline at the dawn of the 21st century, and of the general directions of Mesoamerican archaeology." --Papers from the Institute of Archaeology