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The Reintegration of Mesoamerica

Ross Hassig

in War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077348
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077348.003.0008
The Reintegration of Mesoamerica

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The population of the Valley of Mexico became more dispersed and ruralized following Teotihuacan's decline, although the northern third of the valley was densely settled, culturally eclipsing the southern area. The Toltecs were a multiethnic society. In Teotihuacan, Toltec arms and armor reflected standardized weapons. It has been suggested that the Toltec polity encompassed much of central Mexico. The Toltecs expanded throughout Mesoamerica and also traded far to the north. Chichen Itza presents an interesting picture of Mesoamerican warfare because it is not only the clash of two different cultures, but of two different weapons complexes as well. Largely as a result of its superior road-based political integration, Coba and its dependencies remained independent of Chichen Itza.

Keywords: Valley of Mexico; Teotihuacan; Toltecs; Mesoamerica; Chichen Itza; Mesoamerican warfare; Coba

Chapter.  10482 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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