Mesoamerican Archaeology


Theory and Practice

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<p><b>A unique and wide-ranging introduction to the major prehispanic and colonial societies of Mexico and Central America, featuring new and revised material throughout</b></p> <p><i>Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice</i>, Second Edition, provides readers with a diverse and well-balanced view of the archaeology of the indigenous societies of Mexico and Central America, helping students better understand key concepts and engage with contemporary debates and issues within the field. The fully updated second edition incorporates contemporary research that reflects new approaches and trends in Mesoamerican archaeology. New and revised chapters from first-time and returning authors cover the archaeology of Mesoamerican cultural history, from the early Gulf Coast Olmec, to the Classic and Postclassic Maya, to the cultures of Oaxaca and Central Mexico before and after colonization. Presenting a wide range of approaches that illustrate political, socio-economic, and symbolic interpretations, this textbook:</p> <ul> <li>Encourages students to consider diverse ways of thinking about Mesoamerica: as a linguistic area, as a geographic region, and as a network of communities of practice</li> <li>Represents a wide spectrum of perspectives and approaches to Mesoamerican archaeology, including coverage of the Postclassic and Colonial periods</li> <li>Enables readers to think critically about how explanations of the past are produced, verified, and debated</li> <li>Includes accessible introductory material to ensure that students and non-specialists understand the chronological and geographic frameworks of the Mesoamerican tradition</li> <li>Discusses recent developments in the contemporary theory and practice of Mesoamerican archaeology</li> <li>Presents new and original research by a team of internationally recognized contributors</li> </ul> <p><i>Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice</i>, Second Edition, is ideal for use in undergraduate courses on the archaeology of Mexico and Central America, as well as for broader courses on the archaeology of the Americas.</p>