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Aegypto Capta: Augustus and the Annexation of Egypt  

Friederike Herklotz

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses the Ptolemaic legacy and Egyptian independence; the annexation of Egypt; and the first Roman prefects in Egypt. In contrast to earlier changes of ruler, the ... More

The Archaeology of the Late Postclassic Maya Highlands  

Greg Borgstede and Eugenia Robinson

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Late Postclassic period in the Maya highlands. The Maya highlands contain a diverse and complex geography, a diversity that is ... More

Aztec Boundary Interactions  

Michael A. Ohnersorgen and Marcie L. Venter

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Interactions at the Aztec imperial edges varied considerably, with some marked by a general congruence of political, economic, and symbolic domains, suggesting that border-like conditions ... More

The Aztec Empire  

Michael E. Smith and Maëlle Sergheraert

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
The Aztec Empire was created within a setting of competing city-states ( altepetl ) that covered the landscape of central Mexico starting around 1100 ad . These small polities, ruled by ... More

The Classic Maya Collapse  

David Webster

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses the collapse of the Classic Mayan civilization of southern and eastern Mesoamerica. Archaeologists now commonly recognize that there are several dimensions to this ... More

Concepts of Collapse and Regeneration in Human History  

George L. Cowgill

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article focuses on the concepts of collapse and regeneration employed by Mesoamericanists. Much mischief is caused by ambiguities about what it is that is supposed to be collapsing or ... More

The Conquest of Mexico  

Michel R. Oudijk

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article focuses on the sources describing the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Historians all have continuously asked the same question: How was it possible for five hundred Spaniards to ... More

Current Views on Power, Economics, and Subsistence in Ancient Western Mexico  

Christopher S. Beekman

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Far western Mexico has occupied an ambiguous position within Mesoamerican research, as the region both displays continuity with Mesoamerican culture and provides informative differences. ... More

Developmental Cycles in the Gulf Lowlands  

Annick Daneels

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews the archaeological evidence of Classic and Postclassic Gulf Coast cultures, focusing on developments during the first and early second millennium ad . The Classic ... More

Government, Taxation, and Law  

Andrea Jördens

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Jun 2012
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This article discusses government, taxation, and law in Roman Egypt. The most striking feature of the Egyptian provincial government remains its overall structure, in particular the ... More

Kinship and Social Organization in the Pre-Hispanic Caribbean  

Bradley E. Ensor

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Mar 2013
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Jun 2013
This article examines two problems on pre-Hispanic Caribbean kinship and social organization through the application of independent archaeological data. First, it discusses the limitations ... More

The Late Classic to Postclassic Transition among the Maya of Northern Yucatán  

William M. Ringle and George J. Bey III

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Late Classic and Postclassic Mayan cultures in northern Yucatán. It suggests that one way of understanding the connections between ... More

Mesoamerica and the Southwest/Northwest  

Randall H. McGuire

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Sep 2012
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This article explores the parallels between the southwest of the United States and the northwest of Mexico (the Southwest/Northwest) and Mesoamerica. Parallels occur in cosmology, ... More

Mesoamerican States and Empires  

Gary M. Feinman

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses the rise and historical dynamics of Mesoamerican states, the economic underpinnings of Mesoamerican states, and Mesoamerican statecraft and its diversity. ... More

Networks, Cores, and Peripheries: New Frontiers in Interaction Studies  

Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
The terms “core,” “periphery,” and “frontier” conjure up spatial distinctions correlated with divisions among societies based on size, economic organization, and power. Leaders of core ... More

Politics and power  

John Collis and Raimund Karl

Reconstruction of Iron Age social and political structures relies initially on written sources, but classical texts are both biased in how they describe institutions, especially among ... More

Rethinking Chiefdoms in the Caribbean  

Joshua M. Torres

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Mar 2013
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Jun 2013
Guided by neo-evolutionary perspectives, archaeologists traditionally viewed societal development as a series of progressive stages that comprised bands, tribes and chiefdoms, and states. ... More

The Roman Army in Egypt  

Rudolf Haensch

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Jun 2012
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Nov 2012
This article concentrates on the characteristics specific to the Roman army in Egypt, providing an overview of the subject and emphasizing the developing insights of scholarship. The first ... More

Searching for Tollan: Authority and Urbanism in Oaxaca after Monte Albán  

Jeffrey P. Blomster

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Sep 2012
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The Late Classic period ended in 800 ad with the demise of the largest state, Monte Albán, in prehispanic Oaxaca, Mexico. What collapsed was not society but the political systems and ... More

The Southeastern Fringe of Mesoamerica  

John S. Henderson and Kathryn M. Hudson

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Sep 2012
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This article reviews archaeological evidence from the southeastern fringe of Mesoamerica. Communities in all regions of the southeast fringe interacted—in different ways and with different ... More

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