Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

byDavid M. Carballo

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Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico examines the ways in which urbanization and religion intersected in pre-Columbian central Mexico, with a primary focus on the later Formative period and the transition to the Classic period. The major societal transformations of this intervaloccurred approximately two-thousand years ago and over a millennium before Mexico's best known early civilization, the Aztecs. David M. Carballo presents a synthesis of data from regional archaeological projects and key sites such as Teotihuacan and Cuicuilco, while relying on his own excavations atthe site of La Laguna as the central case study. A principal argument is that cities and states developed hand in hand with elements of a religious tradition of remarkable endurance and that these processes were fundamentally entangled. Prevalent religious beliefs and ritual practices created acultural logic for urbanism, and as populations urbanized they became socially integrated and differentiated following this logic. Nevertheless, religion was used differently over time and by groups and individuals across the spectra of urbanity and social status.The book provides a materially informed history of religion, with the temporal depth that archaeology can provide, and an archaeology of cities that considers religion seriously as a generative force in societal change.

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Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico examines the ways in which urbanization and religion intersected in pre-Columbian central Mexico, with a primary focus on the later Formative period and the transition to the Classic period. The major societal transformations of this intervaloccurred approximately two-thousand years a...

David Carballo is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Boston University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Religion and Urbanization in Ancient Societies2. The Central Mexican Highlands and its People3. Formative to Classic in Central Mexico4. Sacred Landscapes5. Sacred Actors6. Ritual and Religion in the Creation of Urban LandscapesBibliographyIndex

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"This is an excellent synthesis of the earliest cycles of urbanization in central Mexico, showing religion always entangled with politics. Later polities changed in some ways, but much endured into Aztec times. It fills a major gap in our understanding of the history of a key region inMesoamerica." --George L. Cowgill, Arizona State University