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The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica

Christopher A. Pool

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/9780195390933.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica

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The story of the Formative (Preclassic) period in Mesoamerica is fundamentally one of sociopolitical origins. That is, anthropological interest in this time span revolves around the origins and early development of “complex” social institutions and the material conditions and ideological precepts that supported them. This article broadly sketches issues surrounding the formation of complex societies and urban centers in early Mesoamerica, emphasizing regional variation and interregional interaction through the Middle Formative period.

Keywords: Preclassic period; social institutions; material conditions; sociopolitics; urban centers

Article.  7465 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region

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