This book contains the most recent archaeological and ethnohistorical studies of west and northwest Mexico, two of the least known areas of Mesoamerica. It discusses areal and cultural syntheses and specific problems such as chronology, social organization, and economic systems.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The Rio Lerma and Highland Valleys of Western Mexico -- Recent Work in the Chupicuaro Region -- Evidence for Complex Societies During the Western Mesoamerican Classic Period -- The Tecuexes: Ethnohistory and Archaeology -- Settlements of the Protohistoric Tarascan Core -- The Coastal Zones of Western Mesoamerica -- The Production and Use of Prehispanic Metal Artifacts in the Central Coastal Area of Jalisco, Mexico -- Some Gold and Silver Artifacts from Colima -- Core Versus Marginal Mesoamerica: A Coastal West Mexican Perspective -- Cultural Implications of Artificially Modified Human Remains from Northwestern Mexico -- The Northwestern Mesoamerican Frontier -- A Synopsis of the Archaeology of the Central Portion of the Northern Frontier of Mesoamerica -- A Summary of the Archaeology in the La Quemada Region -- The Chronology of the Chalchihuites Culture -- Human Osteological Remains from Alta Vista, Zacatecas: An Analysis of the Isolated Bone -- The Loma San Gabriel Occupation of Zacatecas and Durango, Mexico -- Colonial Exchange Systems and the Decline of Paquime -- Archaeological, Ethnological and Historical Implications of the Game “Cuatro” in Northwestern Mexico -- The Northwestern Mesoamerican Periphery -- The Bolson de Mapimi Archaeological Project: A Research Design -- Investigations of Archaeological Variability in Northeastern Baja California Sur, Mexico -- Spanish Contact and the Collapse of the Sonoran Statelets -- Displaced Native Americans of the Gran Chichimeca
"Michael S. Foster is co-owner and principal investigator of the Jornada Anthropological Research Association. Phil C. Weigand is currently chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Both Dr. Foster and Dr. Weigand are actively engaged in anthropological research in west and northwest Mexico."