Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

Richard E. Blanton

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica

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Cities became an important and endurable characteristic of Mesoamerican civilization after 500 bc . This aspect of the Mesoamerican past was not widely recognized until the 1960s and 1970s when settlement-pattern archaeologists initiated field research at Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, and Dzibilchaltún. Since these pioneering efforts, archaeologists and ethnohistorians not only have amassed an impressive body of data, but they also have turned to other disciplines, principally sociology and geography, for new methods and theories. This article discusses the regal-ritual city concept; cities, towns, and urbanism in society; the problems with urbanism; and city and moral community.

Keywords: Mesoamerican civilization; regal-ritual city; towns; moral community

Article.  6902 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region

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