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Archaic-Period Foragers and Farmers in Mesoamerica  

Douglas J. Kennett

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Archaic period (~7000–2000 bc ), which is traditionally viewed as a long transitional interval between a poorly defined the era of ... More

Ice Age Hunter-Gatherers and the Colonization of Mesoamerica  

Guillermo Acosta Ochoa

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of Ice Age hunter-gatherers and the colonization of Mesoamerica. Data currently available indicate that the land bridge known as Beringia ... More

Mesoamerica—Aztec Figurines  

Lisa Overholtzer

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
Aztec ceramic figurines are ubiquitous small finds in central Mexican domestic contexts. As expressive miniature representations of humans, animals, and temples that were distributed ... More

Mesoamerica—Highland Formative (Early to Middle Formative) Figurines  

Jeffrey P. Blomster

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
Figurines are ubiquitous during the Early to Middle Formative (1400–500 bc) throughout the Mesoamerican highlands. As materializations of embodiment, figurines represent productions and ... More

Mesoamerica—Maya  

Erin L. Sears

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter reviews attempts to derive meaning from Late Classic Maya ceramic figurines. Early concerns with classificatory procedures have evolved beyond an often site-specific viewpoint ... More

Mesoamerica—Olmec Figurines  

Christopher A. Pool

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
The study of Olmec figurines has proven contentious with respect to defining Olmec style, the relation of Olmec style to the Olmec archaeological culture of Mexico’s southern Gulf ... More

The Origins of Food Production in Mesoamerica  

Dolores R. Piperno and Bruce D. Smith

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
Mexico, along with the remainder of Mesoamerica in smaller part, formed one of the world's great centers for the independent development of agriculture. Dozens of crop plants were brought ... More

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