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Alexandria  

Marjorie S. Venit

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
Distinguished in the first century bce as 'the first city of the civilized world', Alexandria still wore the accolade 'crown of all cities' as late as the fourth century bce. After Egypt's ... More

The Archaeology of Amarna  

Anna Stevens

This essay assesses the body of archaeological research connected to the New Kingdom settlement site of Amarna (ancientAkhetaten), the short-lived capital of Egypt founded by king ... More

An Archaeology of Spatiality in the Caribbean  

Christopher F. Altes

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Mar 2013
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Jun 2013
Geographic information systems (GISs) are a broad category of spatial technologies for gathering, analyzing, and creating data. Such systems provide a means of managing, archiving, and ... More

Archaeology of the Maya Highlands  

Bárbara Arroyo

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
The Guatemala highlands is an area of contrasting climate, topography, and agricultural potential. High basins and fertile valleys are situated among a series of mountain ranges from the ... More

Aztec Settlement History  

Larry Gorenflo and Christopher P. Garraty

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Focusing primarily on archaeological data from systematic regional surveys, this chapter examines settlement patterns in the Basin of Mexico during the Late Aztec period (A.D. 1350–1520) ... More

Aztec Urbanism: Cities and Towns  

Michael E. Smith

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
The predominant urban form in Aztec central Mexico was the capital of an altepetl; however, this chapter focuses on these cities and not on Tenochtitlan. Several such cities survive today ... More

Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica  

Richard E. Blanton

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Cities became an important and endurable characteristic of Mesoamerican civilization after 500 bc . This aspect of the Mesoamerican past was not widely recognized until the 1960s and ... More

A City Transformed: From Tenochtitlan to Mexico City in the Sixteenth Century  

Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría

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Jan 2017
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Dec 2016
Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the Mexica capital, underwent a series of changes during and after the Conquest of 1521. These changes were both demographic and material, and they are the result of ... More

Communities in Ancient Mesoamerica  

Marcello A. Canuto and Jason Yaeger

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews research showing the importance of an archaeology of communities for Mesoamerica. Methodologically, the community is situated between the scales of household and ... More

Complex Societies in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Their Development and Florescence in the Archaeological Record  

Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence on the development of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands. The evolution of sociopolitical complexity in the southern Maya lowlands is ... More

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