You are looking at  1-15 of 15 articles  for:

  • Archaeology of Mesoamerica x
  • Settlement and Urban Archaeology x
Clear All

View:

Archaeology of the Maya Highlands  

Bárbara Arroyo

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Jan 2017
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Jan 2017
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Jan 2017
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
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

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
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

Cultural Evolution in the Southern Highlands of Mexico: From the Emergence of Social Inequality and Urban Society to the Decline of Classic-Period States  

Christina Elson

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
Oaxaca formed the core of a distinct zone within Mesoamerica often called the southern highlands. Covering some 2,000 square kilometers, the Oaxaca Valley is the geographic center of and ... More

The Development of Complex Societies in Formative-Period Pacific Guatemala and Chiapas  

Michael Love

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
This article discusses the development of complex societies during the Formative period in the Pacific coastal plain, stretching from Chiapas, Mexico, to El Salvador. Data shows that a ... More

The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica  

Christopher A. Pool

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
The story of the Formative (Preclassic) period in Mesoamerica is fundamentally one of sociopolitical origins. That is, anthropological interest in this time span revolves around the ... More

Households in Ancient Mesoamerica: Domestic Social Organization, Status, Economies, and Rituals  

David M. Carballo

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
Mesoamerican peoples built for themselves a wide array of domestic units, ranging from modest wattle-and-daub structures in the earliest villages to Teotihuacan's highly planned urban ... More

Ideology, Polity, and Social History of the Teotihuacan State  

Saburo Sugiyama

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
The development of early complex societies in the Central Mexican Highlands resulted in particular local traditions. The region twice served as the heartland for densely populated ancient ... More

Interaction among the Complex Societies of Classic-Period Mesoamerica  

Sergio Gómez Chávez and Michael W. Spence

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of interactions among the complex societies of Mesoamerica in the Classic period. All of the Classic-period (250–900 ad ) societies of ... More

Not Carved in Stone: Building the Gulf Olmec from the Bottom Up  

Philip J. Arnold III

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
This article examines two concepts at the core of Gulf Olmec archaeology: where the people of the region lived and how they developed. It begins with a Gulf Olmec précis that covers the ... More

The Rise of Formative-Period Complex Societies in the Northern Maya Lowlands  

Travis W. Stanton

Print publication date:
Sep 2012
Online publication date:
Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence on the development of Formative-period communities in the northern Maya lowlands. The earliest data available for a Maya occupation of the ... More

View: