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Category: Central and South America and the Caribbean

Arqueología de la Segunda Guerra Mundial en Sudamérica

Daniel Schávelzon et al.

This study reports on a remarkable discovery and a pioneering example of historical archaeology in Latin America: an unknown settlement was found nestled between rocky cliffs in the Argentinian jungle. Dated to between 1943-6, finds are characterised by exotic European luxuries, German coins and coins from the occupied countries of Western Europe. READ MORE

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K'awiil: El dios maya del rayo, la abundancia y los gobernantes

Rogelio Valencia Rivera

This study of K'awiil analyses one of the most important deities of the Maya pantheon, and allows us to approach the religious thought of this people, since it is through the myths, rituals and other religious and cultural activities in which a deity participates, that we can try to understand how the Maya conceived their universe. READ MORE

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From Ritual to Refuse: Faunal Exploitation by the Elite of Chinikihá, Chiapas, during the Late Classic Period

Coral Montero López

From Ritual to Refuse explores the faunal exploitation by the Maya elite at the site of Chinikihá, Chiapas, during the end of the Late Classic period (AD 700-850) by applying zooarchaeological and statistical analyses to a faunal assemblage located in a basurero or midden behind a palatial structure at the core of the site. READ MORE

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La industria lítica del núcleo urbano maya de La Blanca, Petén, Guatemala

Ricardo Torres Marzo

The ancient Maya used mainly stone tools, made of either ground stone and chipped stone, to achieve their extraordinary development. This book presents the techno-typological analysis of lithic materials from La Blanca, located in the heart of the Southern Lowlands, which was mainly inhabited during the Late Classic and Terminal Classic periods. READ MORE

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Enemy – Stranger – Neighbour: The Image of the Other in Moche Culture

Janusz Z. Wołoszyn

'Enemy – Stranger – Neighbour: The Image of the Other in Moche Culture' is dedicated to artistic renderings of the Recuay people in Moche art, in all available and preserved media. This study offers an analysis of several dozen complex, painted and bas-relief scenes and several hundred mould-pressed, sculpted depictions of foreigners in Moche art. READ MORE

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Toniná, una ciudad maya de Chiapas

Judith L. Ruiz González

Toniná was a Mayan city, located between two cultural areas near the Chiapas Highlands. It has been widely proposed that the Maya collapse implied the disappearance and depopulation of many cities; this research addresses the survival of Toniná towards the threshold of the Postclassic. READ MORE

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Earthen Construction Technology

ed. Annick Daneels et al.

Presents papers from Session IV-5 of the 18th UISPP World Congress (Paris, June 2018). The archaeological study of earthen construction has until now focused on typology and conservation; papers here instead consider their construction and anthropological importance. READ MORE

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Searching for the 17th Century on Nevis: The Survey and Excavation of Two Early Plantation Sites

Robert Philpott et al.

'Searching for the 17th Century on Nevis' is the first of a series of monographs dedicated to the archaeological investigation of the landscape, buildings and artefacts of the Eastern Caribbean by the Nevis Heritage Project. This volume presents the results of documentary research and excavation on two sugar plantation sites on the island of Nevis. READ MORE

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“Los animales enseñaron el camino…”: La fauna de la Sierra Gorda queretana a través de sus representaciones cerámicas arqueológicas

María Teresa Muñoz Espinosa et al.

This volume examines the past fauna of the Sierra Gorda region of Mexico, declared a 'Biosphere Reserve' in 1997 by presidential decree, and its representation in archaeological ceramics. These representations are then related to the oral traditions of the inhabitants of the region that have been preserved until now. READ MORE

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El Palacio: Historiography and new perspectives on a pre-Tarascan city of northern Michoacán, Mexico

ed. Marion Forest

11 contributions consider legacy and archive data (1896–1995) and results derived from recent archaeological investigations (2012–2017) to present a review and analysis of the chrono-stratigraphy, material culture, urbanism, and economic and ritual practices at El Palacio, northern Michoacán, Mexico, between A.D. 850 and 1521. READ MORE

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Peintures et gravures rupestres des Amériques: Empreintes culturelles et territoriales

ed. Brigitte Faugère et al.

How does the study of rock art make it possible to culturally characterize its authors? What does it tell us about the function of sites? How and under what circumstances does it make it possible to delimit a cultural territory? The six articles in this volume provide case studies from Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Chile. READ MORE

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Paisajes en un sector de la Quebrada de Humahuaca durante la Etapa Agroalfarera

Agustina Scaro

A landscape and ceramics study of Tumbaya located in Quebrada de Humahuaca (northern Argentina). The research aims to improve understanding of local pre-Inca societies and the impact of Inca domination on them from different lines of evidence. READ MORE

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Anthropomorphic Images in Rock Art Paintings and Rock Carvings

ed. Terence Meaden et al.

In rock art, humanlike images appear widely throughout the ages. The artworks discussed in this book range from paintings, engravings or scratchings on cave walls and rock shelters, images pecked into rocky surfaces or upon standing stones, and major sacred sites, in which exists the possibility of recovering the meanings intended by the artists. READ MORE

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Ancient West Mexico in the Mesoamerican Ecumene

Eduardo Williams

This volume presents a long-overdue synthesis and update on West Mexican archaeology. Ancient West Mexico has often been portrayed as a ‘marginal’ or ‘underdeveloped’ area of Mesoamerica. This book shows that the opposite is true and that it played a critical role in the cultural and historical development of the Mesoamerican ecumene. READ MORE

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Imágenes y Paisajes: El Arte Rupestre del Noreste de Catamarca, Argentina

Eva Amanda Calomino

Northeast of Catamarca, Argentina, there is a set of shelters and caves located in the rainforest with rock art with virtually no background. This book presents a study and systematic analysis of the plastic-thematic-compositional repertoire of the rock art sites of ‘Los Algarrobales’ and their spatial and temporal distribution. READ MORE

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Why Did Ancient States Collapse?

Malcolm Levitt

Rooted in agriculture, sedentism and population growth, ancient states were fragile and prone to collapse. There is an ongoing debate about the importance, nature and even existence of state-wide collapse. This book investigates why ancient states collapsed and examines to what extent inequality contributed to their downfall. READ MORE

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Wari Women from Huarmey

Wiesław Więckowski et al.

Excavations at the Castillo de Huarmey archaeological site brought to light the first intact burial of female high-elite members of the Wari culture. This book presents the results of bioarchaeological analyses performed to date, and focuses on reconstructing the funeral rite and social status of the deceased. READ MORE

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Essai bibliographique sur l’archéologie francophone de la Mésoamérique

Eric Taladoire

This bibliography of contributions in French to Mesoamerican studies aims to: assess the existing situation; provide the most complete list of references and draw attention to unknown contributions; evaluate the contribution of the most recent formations; insist upon the necessary confrontation of methods and points of view. READ MORE

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Paisaje y patrimonio

Josep Ballart Hernández

After a seminar on heritage management and tourism at Yucatán University, Mexico, prof. Gonzalo Ruiz Zapatero suggested to make a book out of it delving into the concepts of landscape and heritage. READ MORE

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Technologie du harponnage sur la côte Pacifique du désert d’Atacama (nord du Chili)

Benjamín Ballester Riesco

Throughout the volume the reader will follow a representation of a marine hunter-gatherer society, a projection deriving from one of its iconic and most important material assets, the harpoon. READ MORE

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Quebrando rocas, una aproximación metodológica para el estudio del cuarzo en contextos arqueológicos de Córdoba (Argentina)

Eduardo Pautassi

This book offers a valuable contribution to the development of a methodology to address the study of archaeological quartz artifacts, combining various analytical tools to study these objects so that we might better understand the technological strategies of hunting societies who made use of this raw material. READ MORE

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Paisajes de la campaña pampeana (siglos XIX y XX): Abordajes desde la Arqueología rural en Argentina

ed. Carlos Landa et al.

This volume presents a series of papers designed to offer a summary of ongoing research across Argentina that can come under the broad heading of Rural Archaeology. READ MORE

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The Hydraulic System of Uxul

Nicolaus Seefeld

This research seeks to close an essential research gap – the understanding of the water management strategies of the Maya in pre-Hispanic times. It focuses on the archaeological investigation of the hydraulic system of Uxul, a medium-sized Maya centre in the south of the state of Campeche, Mexico. READ MORE

Paperback: £90.00 | Open Access

Aprovechamiento de vertebrados terrestres por las poblaciones humanas que habitaron la costa del Golfo San Matías (Río Negro, Argentina) durante el Holoceno tardío

Hernán A. Marani

This book presents the results and discussion of archaeofaunal studies which took place in the northern San Matías Gulf (Rio Negro Province) during the last six years, focussing on terrestrial mammals and birds. READ MORE

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Tarascan Copper Metallurgy: A Multiapproach Perspective

Blanca Estela Maldonado

A study which provides valuable insights into the nature of metal production and the development of technology and political economy in ancient Mesoamerica, offering a contribution to general anthropological theories of the emergence of social complexity. READ MORE

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La industria lítica bifacial del sitio en cantera Chipana-1

Katherine A. Herrera

The site of Chipana-1 is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, in the Pampa del Tamarugal, Chile. The site offers a good example to show how past societies adapted to hyper-arid environments, and provides new insights into the early human occupations of South America. READ MORE

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Navigation et installations lacustres dans les hautes terres du Mexique: les cas mexica et tarasque

Alexandra Biar

This research focuses on the practice of lake navigation and specific facilities that are associated with it in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica. Due to the need for a wholistic approach, this research is situated in a multidisciplinary framework that combines archaeology, ethnology and ethnohistory. READ MORE

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The Population of Tikal: Implications for Maya Demography

David Webster

A demographic evaluation of an ancient Mayan citadel which helps to resolve debates about how the Maya made a living, the nature of their socio-political systems, how they created an impressive built environment, and places them in plausible comparative context with what is known about other ancient complex societies. READ MORE

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La ocupación cazadora-recolectora durante la transición Pleistoceno-Holoceno en el oeste de Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil: geoarqueología de los sitios en la formación sedimentaria Touro Passo

Viviane Pouey Vidal

This book presents the results obtained during geoarchaeological studies carried out in the locality of Touro Passo, Brazil. New chronologies obtained represent a scientific advance for the study of hunter-gatherer occupations during the Late Pleistocene-Early Holocene in the triple border of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. READ MORE

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Gifts, Goods and Money: Comparing currency and circulation systems in past societies

ed. Dirk Brandherm et al.

The papers gathered in this volume explore the economic and social roles of exchange systems in past societies from a variety of different perspectives. Based on a broad range of individual case studies, the authors tackle problems surrounding the identification of (pre-monetary) currencies in the archaeological record. READ MORE

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Innovative Approaches and Explorations in Ceramic Studies

ed. Sandra L. López Varela

This book celebrates thirty years of Ceramic Ecology, an international symposium initiated at the 1986 American Anthropological Association. Contributions explore the application of instrumental techniques and experimental studies to analyze ceramics and follow innovative approaches to evaluate methods and theories. READ MORE

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Bodies of Maize, Eaters of Grain: Comparing material worlds, metaphor and the agency of art in the Preclassic Maya and Mycenaean early civilisations

Marcus Jan Bajema

This book offers a comparative study of the civilisations of the Late Preclassic lowland Maya and Mycenaean Greece. The approach used here seeks to combine traditional iconographic approaches with more recent models on metaphor and the social agency of things. READ MORE

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Ancient Engineering: Selective Ceramic Processing in the Middle Balsas Region of Guerrero, Mexico

Jennifer Meanwell

This volume has two main objectives: establishing a chronology of the Middle Balsas and detailing the region’s pottery production methods. The author posits that pottery intended for different functions was often deliberately made and/or decorated in ways that were chosen to make the vessels more appropriate for their intended functions. READ MORE

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Tarascan Pottery Production in Michoacán, Mexico

Eduardo Williams

This book examines a contemporary pottery tradition in Mesoamerica, but also looks back to the earliest examples of cultural development in this area. By means of ethnographic analogy and ceramic ecology, this study seeks to shed light on a modern indigenous community and on the theory, method and practice of ethnoarchaeology. READ MORE

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Aportes del enfoque tecnológico a la arqueología precolombina

Catherine Lara

The Cuyes River Valley, Ecuador, located in the Northwest of South America, acts as a transition corridor between the Andean and Amazon regions. This volume attempts to determine the ethnic origin of the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Cuyes valley through the study of ceramics excavated in 2009. READ MORE

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Sig y análisis espacial en la arqueología de cazadores recolectores de Magallania (extremo sur de Sudamérica)

María Cecilia Pallo

Environmental and spatial analysis in the archeology of hunter-gatherers from Magallania (southernmost South America) READ MORE

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Arqueología urbana en el área central de la Ciudad de Córdoba, Argentina

Andrés D. Izeta et al.

Urban archeology in the central area of ​​the City of Cordoba, Argentina. Excavations at the corporate headquarters of the Bank of the Province of Córdoba (2014-2016). READ MORE

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Portuguese Intervention in the Manila Galleon Trade

Etsuko Miyata

In this study of the Portuguese intervention in the Manila Galleon Trade, Etsuko Miyata explores its history through a new approach: the examination of Chinese ceramics. READ MORE

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Recent Investigations in the Puuc Region of Yucatán

ed. Meghan Rubenstein

Papers focus on the history of the Puuc region, Yucatán, incorporating archaeological, architectural, epigraphic, and iconographic studies. READ MORE

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Mesoamerican Religions and Archaeology

Aleksandar Boškovic et al.

The main goal of this book is to produce a methodologically sound and ethically valid interdisciplinary introduction into the exciting world of ancient Mesoamerica. READ MORE

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Disponibilidad y explotación de materias primas líticas en la costa de Norpatagonia (Argentina)

Jimena Alberti

The present book aims to study the use of lithic raw materials on the coast of the San Matías gulf (Río Negro, Argentina) during the middle and late Holocene. READ MORE

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Myths about Rock Art

Robert G. Bednarik

Rather than considering the myths supposedly depicted in the world’s rock art, this book examines the myths archaeologists and others have created about the meanings and significance of rock art. READ MORE

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Patrones de asentamiento del Malpaís de Zacapu (Michoacán, México) y de sus alrededores en el Posclásico

Gérald Migeon

Presents the results of the archaeological studies relative to the settlement pattern, realized within the framework of the Michoacán Projects I and III, studying of all the perceptible demonstrations of the prehispanic occupations in the region. READ MORE

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Entre reyes y campesinos

ed. Markus Eberl et al.

Archaeological investigations provide a comprehensive perspective on social dynamics and change in the ancient Mayan capital of Tamarindito. READ MORE

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Rock Art Studies: News of the World V

ed. Paul Bahn et al.

This is the fifth volume in the series Rock Art Studies: News of the World. Like the previous editions, it covers rock art research and management across the globe over a five-year period, in this case the years 2010 to 2014 inclusive. READ MORE

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Cultural Dynamics and Production Activities in Ancient Western Mexico

ed. Eduardo Williams et al.

This book presents a collection of papers from the Symposium on Cultural Dynamics and Production Activities in Ancient Western Mexico, held at the Center for Archaeological Research of the Colegio de Michoacán on September 18-19, 2014. READ MORE

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Easter Island Archaeology/Arqueologia en Rapa Nui (Isla de Pascua)

Mario Silveira et al.

This well illustrated volume presents in its introduction a personal history of Daniel Schávelzon’s experience of Easter Island during his youth before collecting all the papers and work he produced in 2014 leading up to his retirement. READ MORE

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Un estudio de tecnología lítica desde la antropología de las técnicas: el caso del Alero Deodoro Roca ca. 3000 AP, Ongamira, Ischilín, Córdoba

José María Caminoa

As part of a series of research projects on the Archaeology of hunter-gatherers societies in the Southern Pampean Hills this presents, among other things, the study of various aspects of the organization of lithic technology and strategies for the use of lithic resources by prehistoric populations. READ MORE

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Estudios antracológicos en los espacios de combustión del Alero Deodoro Roca – Ongamira (Córdoba)

Andrés Ignacio Robledo

This book is about how hunter-gatherer groups maintained a relationship with the use and management of fire in the Late Holocene of Southern Precordillera. READ MORE

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Water as a morphogen in landscapes/L’eau comme morphogène dans les paysages

ed. Sandrine Robert et al.

Water as generator of networks was the core topic of the second session organized by the commission Theory and Methods in Landscape Archaeology: Archeogeography that began in 2011 on occasion of the Florianopolis Congress. READ MORE

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Arqueología y Tecnologías de Información Espacial

ed. Alfredo Maximiano et al.

Papers from the First Iberoamerican Conference on Spatial Archaeology held in 2013 at the University of Cantabria, Spain. READ MORE

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Monumental Earthen Architecture in Early Societies: Technology and power display

ed. Annick Daneels

Proceedings from a session held as part of the XVII World UISPP Congress, Burgos, 2014. The theme of the symposium was the archaeology of earthen architecture in pre- and protohistoric cultures, with an emphasis on constructive techniques and systems, and diachronic changes in those aspects. READ MORE

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Estudio antropológico de las estructuras cefálicas en una colección osteológica procedente de Chinchero (Perú)

Jose I. Herrera Urena

This work presents an anthropological study of crania and mandibles from the osteological collection from Chinchero (Peru), currently housed at the American Archaeological and Ethnological Museum of the Complutense University of Madrid. READ MORE

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Darwin´s Legacy: The Status of Evolutionary Archaeology in Argentina

ed. Marcelo Cardillo et al.

This book collects the contributions to the symposium "The current state of evolutionary archeology in Argentina" that was held in Buenos Aires, for celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species" READ MORE

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Archaeological Paleography

Joshua D. Englehardt

This volume explores the development of the Maya writing system in Middle-Late Formative and Early Classic period (700 BC-AD 450) Mesoamerica. READ MORE

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Rivers in Prehistory

ed. Andrea Vianello

From antiquity onwards people have opted to live near rivers and major watercourses. This volume explores rivers as facilitators of movement through landscapes, and it investigates the reasons for living near a river, as well as the role of the river in the human landscape. READ MORE

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Metallurgy in Ancient Ecuador

Roberto Lleras Perez

This study aims to collect and systematise the existing general knowledge about pre-Hispanic metallurgy of Ecuador and the specific data concerning the collection of the Banco Central. The result is the most comprehensive book on Ecuadorian metallurgy to date. READ MORE

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Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, premier grand mayaniste de France

Jean-Marie Lebon

A biography of celebrated French Mayanist Charles-Etienne Brasseur. READ MORE

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Rainfed Altepetl

Aurelio López Corral

This work seeks to model food production in ancient Tepeaca, a Late Postclassic (AD 1325-1521) and Early Colonial (16th century) state level-polity settled on the central highlands of Puebla. READ MORE

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Stone Trees Transplanted? Central Mexican Stelae of the Epiclassic and Early Postclassic and the Question of Maya ‘Influence’

Keith Jordan

Stelae dating to the Epiclassic and Early Postclassic from Tula, Xochicalco, and other sites in Central Mexico have been cited as evidence of Classic Maya `influence' on Central Mexican art during these periods. This book re-evaluates these claims via detailed comparative analysis of the Central Mexican stelae and their claimed Maya counterparts. READ MORE

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The Archaeology of Yucatán: New Directions and Data

ed. Travis W. Stanton

This volume was conceived to provide a forum for Mexican and foreign scholars to publish new data and interpretations on the archaeology of the northern Maya lowlands, specifically the State of Yucatán. READ MORE

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Palaces and Courtly Culture in Ancient Mesoamerica

ed. Julie Nehammer Knub et al.

This volume collects eight recent and innovative studies spanning the breadth of Mesoamerica, from the Early Classic metropolis of Teotihuacan, to Tenochtitlan, the Late Postclassic capital of the Aztec, and from the arid central Mexican highlands in the west to the humid Maya lowlands in the east. READ MORE

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