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The Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica

Robert M. Rosenswig

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/9780195390933.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica

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This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Olmec, Teotihuacan, and Aztec horizons in the Southern Pacific Coastal Region (SPCR). It also presents what is known of a system of emergent urban centers and “Izapan-style” iconography that unite the SPCR as a discrete region in its own right during the Late Formative period. It adopts macro-temporal and macro-spatial frameworks consistent with a world-systems perspective, which allows for synthetic treatment of geographically dispersed peoples sharing elements of symbolic culture and exchanging goods.

Keywords: Olmec; Teotihuacan; Aztec; urban centers; iconography; Late Formative period

Article.  5468 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; Historical Archaeology

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