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Mexico : from the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Author: Michael D Coe; Rex Koontz
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2013.
Series: Ancient peoples and places
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Seventh edition, revised and expandedView all editions and formats
"This authoritative volume has been revised throughout and expanded, with new images and accounts of the major discoveries of recent years. Updates begin with the earliest periods: one of the enduring puzzles surrounding Mexican prehistory, the origins of maize farming, has at last been solved. There are insights into the latest finds at the Olmec sites at Chiapas de Corzo and Zazacatla. The classic city of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Coe; Rex Koontz
ISBN: 9780500290767 0500290768
OCLC Number: 1028935216
Notes: "189 illustrations, 20 in color."
Description: 256 pages : illustrations en partie en couleur, cartes ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Geographic setting --
Languages and peoples --
Periods --
2. Early hunters --
3. The Archaic period --
The Desert Culture in North America --
Origins of Mexican cultivated plants --
Importance of maize --
Other cultigens --
Caves and rockshelters of northeastern Mexico --
Santa Marta rockshelter --
The Tehuacan Valley --
The other Archaic sites --
The Archaic period and the origins of settled life --
4. The Preclassic period : early villagers --
The early Preclassic in Chiapas --
Early Preclassic villagers in Oaxaca --
The site of Tlatilco --
Established villages of the middle Preclassic --
Late Preclassic cultures of the central highlands --
The Mezcala puzzle --
The shaft-tomb art of western Mexico and the Teuchitlan Tradition --
5. The Preclassic period : early civilizations --
Background of civilized life --
The Olmec civilization --
The San Lorenzo Olmecs --
El Manatí --
The Olmecs of La Venta --
Chiapa de Corzo: a La Venta outlier? --
Tres Zapotes and the Long Count calendar --
The Olmecs beyond the heartland --
Early Zapotec civilization --
Izapan civilization --
La Mojarra and the Isthmian script --
6. The Classic period --
Rise of the great civilizations --
The urban civilization of Teotihuacan --
The Great Pyramid of Cholula --
Cerro de las Mesas --
Classic Monte Albán and Classic Veracruz civilization --
The Classic downfall. 7. The Epiclassic period --
The Maya connection : Cacaxtla and Xochicalco --
Cholula --
Cantona --
El Tajín --
Central Veracruz --
Valley of Oaxaca --
Northwestern Mexico --
The end of the Epiclassic --
8. The Post-Classic period : the Toltec state --
A time of troubles --
The Chichimeca of northern Mexico --
Tula and the Toltecs --
The Toltec annals --
Archaeological Tula --
Tula and Chich'en Itza --
9. The Post-Classic period : rival states --
Late Zapotec culture at Mitla --
The Mixtecs --
The Huastec --
The Tarascan kingdom --
Casas Grandes and the northern trade route --
The rise of the Aztec state --
The consolidation of Aztec power --
10. The Aztecs in 1519 --
The island city --
Aztec society --
The long-distance merchants --
Becoming an Aztec --
Marriage --
The Triple Alliance and the Empire --
The emperor and the palace --
Food and agriculture --
War and human sacrifice --
Aztec religion --
Aztec art and architecture --
Aztec thought and literature --
Epilogue --
The Spanish Conquest --
New Spain and the Colonial world --
The "ladinoization" of Mexico --
Aftermath --
Visiting Mexico --
Chronological table --
Reigning monarchs of the Aztec state.
Series Title: Ancient peoples and places
Responsibility: Michael D. Coe & Rex Koontz.


An introduction to the regions ancient civilizations. It explores how several spectacular new discoveries have thrown more light on the Olmec culture, Mexicos earliest civilization.  Read more...
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'Authoritative ... a reworking and expansion of Michael D. Coe's seminal publication ... a superb introduction to a fascinating period of history' - 'A pioneering synthesis' - Read more...

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