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The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Edited by Deborah L. Nichols

Volume 1, issue Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology provides a current guide to the recent and on-going archaeology of Mesoamerica. Though the emphasis is on prehispanic societies, this text also includes coverage of important new work by archaeologists on the Colonial and Republican periods. Unique among recent works, the text brings together in a single volume article-length regional syntheses and topical overviews written by active scholars in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology. The first section of the text provides an overview of recent history and trends of Mesoamerica, and articles on national archaeology programs and practice in Central America and Mexico written by archaeologists from these countries. These are followed regional syntheses organized by time period, beginning with early hunter-gatherer societies and the first farmers of Mesoamerica and concluding with a discussion of the Spanish Conquest and frontiers and peripheries of Mesoamerica. Topical and comparative articles comprise the remainder of book. They cover important dimensions of prehispanic societies—from ecology, economy, and environment to social and political relations—and discuss significant methodological contributions, such as geo-chemical source studies, as well as new theories and diverse theoretical perspectives. The book concludes with a section on the archaeology of the Spanish conquest and the Colonial and Republican periods to connect the prehispanic, proto-historic, and historic periods.

Keywords: Mesoamerica; Colonial period; Republican period; Mesoamerican archaeology; Spanish Conquest; prehispanic societies; frontiers; peripheries; political relations; social relations

Book.  1000 pages. 

Subjects: Archaeology

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Mesoamerican Archaeology: Recent Trends in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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A Short History of Theory in Mesoamerican Archaeology in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Mexico's National Archaeology Programs in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Archaeology in Guatemala in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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The Archaeology of Belize in the Twenty-First Century in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Archaeology on Mesoamerica's Southern Frontier in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Time and Space Boundaries in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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Archaic-Period Foragers and Farmers in Mesoamerica in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

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