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Archaeology on Mesoamerica's Southern Frontier

Geoffrey McCafferty, Fabio Esteban Amador, Silvia Salgado González and Carrie Dennett

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Archaeology on Mesoamerica's Southern Frontier

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The southern frontier of Mesoamerica has fluctuated through time but has generally included portions of the Central American countries of El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Tied into this liminal status, the history of archaeological research and the development of archaeological institutions in these countries have varied, sometimes emphasizing “Mesoamerican-ness” and sometimes highlighting independent development. This article discusses the history of archaeological practice in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. It then presents a brief overview of the culture history of the region with particular emphasis on relations with Mesoamerican cultures.

Keywords: El Salvador; Nicaragua; Costa Rica; archaeological practice; archaeological research; culture history; Mesoamerican culture

Article.  8916 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; History and Theory of Archaeology

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