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The Aztecs, Maya, and their Predecessors
Archaeology of Mesoamerica, Third Edition

ISBN 9781598744538
Published January 1, 1993 by Routledge
588 Pages

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Book Description

The Third Edition of this highly successful introduction to the archaeology of Mesoamerica includes full coverage of the Aztec and Maya areas in one volume. Beginning with the settling of the New World and continuing through the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica in 1521, this completely updated textbook includes the deciphering of Maya hieroglyphs, the dynamic history of the Maya, the new royal tomb excavated at Copan, Honduras, important new discoveries at Rio Azul and Naj Tunich in Guatemala, and Caracol in Belize, ritual sacrifices on a massive scale revealed at Teotihuacan in central Mexico, and new material from Tula (Toltec capitol) and from the heart of Mexico City.

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- PREFACE -- CHAPTER I -- Introduction: Humans Find Mesoamerica -- A Geographic Area of Cultural Unity -- Early Human Evidence -- Summary -- CHAPTER 2 -- Humans Become Farmers -- Tehuacan Valley -- Basin of Mexico -- Tamaulipas -- Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, and Coastal Sites -- Summary -- CHAPIER 3 -- Setting the Mesoamerican Pattern and the Role of the Olmec -- West Mexico -- Central Highlands -- Guerrero -- Oaxaca -- The Olmec -- Great Preclassic Ceramic Traditions -- Summary -- CHAPTER 4 -- Monuments, Wealth, and Complex Societies -- The Basin of Mexico -- Teotihuacan -- West Mexico -- Tlaxcala and Puebla Oaxaca -- The Maya Region -- The Southeast Periphery -- The Southeastern Highlands -- Southern Maya Lowlands -- Tikal -- Belize -- The Northern Region from the Gulf to the Caribbean -- Summary -- CHAPTER 5 -- Codices, Calendrics, and Maya Writing -- Books, Calendrics, and Writing -- The Codices -- Other Early Maya Books -- Time-Keeping: The Calendar Round -- The Maya “Zero,” Numbers, and Counting -- The Maya Long Count (Initial Series) -- Deciphering Maya Hieroglyphs -- A Roster of Early Mesoamerican Dates -- CHAPTER 6 -- Teotihuacan and Its Neighbors: The Maya Kings and a New Order -- Teotihuacan -- Puebla-Tlaxcala -- Xochicalco -- The Nufne -- Oaxaca -- El Tajm and the Ball Game -- Central and Southern Veracruz -- El Salvador -- Guatemala Valley -- The Lowland Maya: a.d.300-1200 -- Tikal -- Belize -- Copan -- Quirigua -- The Southeast Periphery -- The West -- The Usumacinta Sites -- The “Collapse” in the Southern Lowlands -- Southern Campeche and Central Yucatan -- Northern Yucatan -- The Putun (Chontal-Maya) and the Itza -- Summary -- CHAPTER 7 -- Tula and the Toltecs -- Tollan, Tula, and the Toltecs -- The Postclassic in Oaxaca -- Chichen Itza and the Toltecs -- CHAPTER 8 -- Final Scenes: The Maya, the Tarascans, and the Aztecs -- The Maya -- The Tarascans -- The Aztecs -- Summary. -- CHAPTER 9 -- Mesoamerica in Perspective -- The Southern Classic Lowland Maya -- Teotihuacan -- The Maya of Northern Yucatan -- The Mexica -- The Tarascans -- GLOSSARY -- REFERENCES -- AUTHOR INDEX -- SUBJECT INDEX

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"This title is the standard comprehensive single volume introduction to archaeological sites and finds in middle and eastern Mexico, and upper Central America.ably summarized current knowledge of Mesoamerica from the first peopling to the Spanish conquest." -Gair Tourtellot, Man, New Series

"What Weaver strives to accomplish is to integrate as much information as practical from reports of excavation and survey throughout Mesoamerica. The breadth of cultural historical coverage in the third edition of Weaver's book is impressive" -Richard Zeitlin, American Antiquity