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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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

William M. Ringle and George J. Bey III

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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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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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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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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

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

Jeffrey P. Blomster

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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

The Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica: A Corridor of Interaction from Olmec to Aztec Times  

Robert M. Rosenswig

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This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Olmec, Teotihuacan, and Aztec horizons in the Southern Pacific Coastal Region (SPCR). It also presents what is known of a system of ... More

The Tarascan Empire: Postclassic Social Complexity in Western Mexico  

Helen Pearlstein Pollard

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In the vast region of western Mexico, social complexity first emerged during the Late Preclassic and Classic periods in the Teuchitlán cultural tradition of Jalisco. But it was during the ... More

Teotihuacan and the Epiclassic in Central Mexico  

Jeffrey R. Parsons and Yoko Sugiura Y.

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The collapse of Teotihuacan as a major center in the seventh century ad was part of a widespread series of changes that occurred throughout Mesoamerica at that time. The nature and ... More

Tula and the Toltecs  

Dan M. Healan and Robert H. Cobean

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Sep 2012
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Tula, Hidalgo, was one of several sites that rose to prominence during the Epiclassic period after the demise of Teotihuacan, and during the Early Postclassic period it was probably the ... More

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