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The Oxford handbook of Mesoamerican archaeology
The Oxford handbook of Mesoamerican archaeology


Edited by Deborah L. Nichols, William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College, and Christopher A. Pool, University Research Professor of Anthropology, University of Kentucky

Deborah L. Nichols is William J. Bryant 1925 Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College.

Christopher A. Pool is University Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.


  • Guillermo Acosta Ochoa (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)
  • Fabio Amador (National Geographic Society)
  • Rani Alexander (New Mexico State University)
  • Barbara Arroyo (Museo Popol Vuh Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala)
  • Philip Arnold (Loyola University Chicago)
  • Anthony Aveni (Colgate)
  • Jaime J. Awe (Institute of Archaeology, Belize)
  • Christopher Beekman (University of Colorado, Denver)
  • Frances Berdan (California State University San Bernardino)
  • George Bey (Millsaps College)
  • Ronald Bishop (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Greg Borgstede (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Richard Blanton (Purdue University)
  • Jeffrey Blomster (George Washington University)
  • Elizabeth Brumfiel (Northwestern University)
  • Marcello Canuto (Yale University)
  • David Carballo (Boston University)
  • Thomas H. Charlton (University of Iowa)
  • Arlen Chase (University of Central Florida)
  • Diane Chase (University of Central Florida)
  • Oswaldo Chinchilla (Museo Popol Vuh Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala)
  • John Clark (Brigham Young University)
  • Robert Cobean (Instituto Nacional de Antropología, México)
  • George Cowgill (Arizona State University)
  • Annick Daneels (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)
  • Lori Boornazian Diel (Texas Christian University)
  • Carrie Dennett (University of Calgary)
  • Christina Elson (American Museum of Natural History)
  • Susan Evans (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Gary Feinman (Field Museum)
  • James Fitzsimmons (Middlebury College)
  • Patricia Fournier (Instituto Nacional de Antropología, México)
  • Manuel Gandera (Escuela National Antropología y Historia, México)
  • Sergio Gómez (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)
  • Nikolai Grube (Universität Bonn)
  • Dan Healan (Tulane University)
  • John Henderson (Cornell University)
  • Kenneth Hirth (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Kathryn Hudson (Cornell University)
  • Eduardo de Jesus Douglas (University of North Carolina)
  • Rosemary Joyce (Berkeley)
  • John Justeson (SUNY-Albany)
  • Douglas Kennett (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Rex Koontz (University of Houston)
  • Michael Love (California State University, Northridge)
  • Blanca Maldonado (Colegio de Michoacan)
  • Geoffrey McCafferty (University of Calgary)
  • Sherisse MaCafferty (University of Calgary)
  • Patricia McAnany (University of North Carolina)
  • Emily McClung (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)
  • Randall McGuire (SUNY Binghamton)
  • Deborah L. Nichols (Dartmouth College)
  • Michael Ohnersorgen (University of Missouri St. Louis)
  • Shoshaunna Parks (University of North Carolina)
  • Jeffrey Parsons (University of Michigan)
  • Dolores Piperno (Smithsonian)
  • Helen Pearlstein Pollard (Michigan State)
  • Christopher Pool (University of Kentucky)
  • Mary Pye (New World Archaeological Foundation)
  • Michel Oudijk (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)
  • John Pohl (University of California Los Angeles)
  • Katheryn Reese-Taylor (University of Calgary)
  • F. Kent Reilly (Texas State University)
  • Prudence Rice (Southern Illinois University)
  • William Ringle (Davidson College)
  • Cynthia Robin (Northwestern University)
  • Eugenia Robinson (Montgomery College)
  • Nelly Robles (Instituto Nacional de Antropología, México)
  • Robert M. Rosenswig (Albany-SUNY)
  • Silvia Salgado (University of Costa Rica)
  • Edward Schortman (Kenyon College)
  • Maëlle Sergheraert (Université Paris – Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Vernon Scarborough (University of Cincinnati)
  • Alfred Siemens (University of British Columbia)
  • Bruce Smith (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Michael Smith (Arizona State University)
  • Michael Spence (Western Ontario University)
  • Travis William Stanton (Universidad de las Americas Puebla)
  • Rebecca Storey (University of Houston)
  • Saburo Sugiyama (Aichi Prefectural University and Arizona State University)
  • Yoko Sugiura (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México)
  • Karl Taube (University of California, Riverside)
  • Emily Umberger (University of Arizona)
  • Patricia Urban (Kenyon College)
  • Javier Urcid (Brandeis University)
  • Marcie Venter (Missouri State University)
  • David Webster (Pennsylvania State University)
  • E. Christian Wells (University of South Florida)
  • Jason Yaeger (University of Wisconsin)

Résumé de l’éditeur

The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology provides a current and comprehensive guide to the recent and on-going archaeology of Mesoamerica. Though the emphasis is on prehispanic societies, this Handbook also includes coverage of important new work by archaeologists on the Colonial and Republican periods. Unique among recent works, the text brings together in a single volume article-length regional syntheses and topical overviews written by active scholars in the field of Mesoamerican archaeology.

The first section of the Handbook provides an overview of recent history and trends of Mesoamerica and articles on national archaeology programs and practice in Central America and Mexico written by archaeologists from these countries. These are followed regional syntheses organized by time period, beginning with early hunter-gatherer societies and the first farmers of Mesoamerica and concluding with a discussion of the Spanish Conquest and frontiers and peripheries of Mesoamerica. Topical and comparative articles comprise the remainder of Handbook. They cover important dimensions of prehispanic societies—from ecology, economy, and environment to social and political relations—and discuss significant methodological contributions, such as geo-chemical source studies, as well as new theories and diverse theoretical perspectives. The Handbook concludes with a section on the archaeology of the Spanish conquest and the Colonial and Republican periods to connect the prehispanic, proto-historic, and historic periods. This volume will be a must-read for students and professional archaeologists, as well as other scholars including historians, art historians, geographers, and ethnographers with an interest in Mesoamerica.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Mesoamerican Archaeology: Recent Trends
  • Deborah L. Nichols and Christopher Pool
  • Part I. Theory, Method, and Practice in Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • 2. A Short History of Theory in Mesoamerican Archaeology, Manuel Gándera
  • 3. Mexico’s National Archaeology Programs, Nelly Robles
  • 4. Archaeology in Guatemala: Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos
  • 5. The Archaeology of Belize in the 21st Century, Jaime J. Awe
  • 6. Mesoamerica’s Southern Frontier, Geoffrey McCafferty, Fabio Amador, Silvia Salgado, and Carrie Dennett
  • 7. Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples, Shoshaunna Parks and Patricia McAnany
  • 8. Time and Space Boundaries: Chronologies and Regions in Mesoamerica, Susan Evans
  • Part II. Hunter-Gatherers and First Farmers
  • 9. Ice Age Hunter-Gatherers and Colonization of Mesoamerica, Guillermo Acosta Ochoa
  • 10. Archaic Period Foragers and Farmers, Douglas Kennett
  • 11. The Origins of Food Production in Mesoamerica, Dolores Piperno and Bruce Smith
  • Part III. Villages, Cities, States and Empires
  • Formation of Early Complex Societies, Cities, and States
  • 12. The Formation of Complex Societies in Mesoamerica, Christopher A. Pool
  • 13. Not Carved in Stone: Building the Gulf Olmec from the Bottom Up, Philip Arnold
  • 14. The Development of Complex Societies in Formative Period Pacific Guatemala and Chiapas, Michael Love
  • 15. Ideology, Polity, and Social History of the Teotihuacan State, Saburo Sugiyama
  • 16. Cultural Evolution in the Southern Highlands of Mexico: From The Emergence of Social Inequality and Urban Society to the Decline of Classic Period States, Christina Elson
  • 17. Archaeology of the Maya Highlands, Barbara Arroyo
  • 18. Complex Societies in the Southern Maya Lowlands: Their Development and Florescence in the Archaeological Record, Arlen Chase and Diane Chase
  • 19. The Rise of Formative Period Complex Societies in Northern Maya Lowlands, Travis Stanton
  • 20. Interaction among the Complex Societies of Classic Period Mesoamerica, Sergio Gómez and Michael Spence
  • Developmental Cycles: Collapse and Regeneration
  • 21. Concepts of Collapse and Regeneration in Human History, George Cowgill
  • 22. Teotihuacan and the Epiclassic in Central Mexico, Jeffrey Parsons and Yoko Sugiura
  • 23. The Classic Maya Collapse, David Webster
  • 24. Searching for Tollan: Authority and Urbanism in Oaxaca after Monte Albán, Jeffrey Blomster
  • 25. Developmental Cycles in the Gulf Lowlands: Collapse and Regeneration, Annick Daneels
  • 26. Tula and the Toltecs, Dan Healan and Robert Cobean
  • 27. Chichen Itza, Mayapan, and the Postclassic Transition among the Maya of Northern Yucatan, George Bey and William Ringle
  • 28. Late Postclassic Maya Highlands, Greg Borgstede and Eugenia Robinson
  • 29. Southern Pacific Coastal Region of Mesoamerica: A Corridor of Interaction from Olmec to Aztec Times, Robert M. Rosenswig
  • 30. The Tarascan Empire: Postclassic Social Complexity in West Mexico, Helen Pearlstein Pollard
  • 31. The Aztec Empire, Michael Smith and Maëlle Sergheraert
  • 32. The Conquest of Mexico, Michel Oudijk
  • Peripheries and Frontiers
  • 33. Networks, Cores, and Peripheries: New Frontiers in Interaction Studies, Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban
  • 34. The Southeastern Fringe of Mesoamerica, John Henderson and Kathryn Hudson
  • 35. Current Views on Power, Economics and Subsistence in Ancient West Mexico, Christopher Beekman
  • 36. Mesoamerica and the Southwest/Northwest, Randall McGuire
  • 37. Aztec Boundary Interactions, Michael Ohnersorgen and Marcie Venter
  • Part IV. Institutions, Beliefs, and Practices: Topical and Comparative Perspectives
  • Economies and Economic Relations
  • 38. Agricultural Landuse and Intensification, Vernon Scarborough
  • 39. Searching out Prehispanic Landscapes in Mesoamerica, Alfred Siemens
  • 40. Ecological Approaches to Archaeological Research in Central Mexico: New Directions, Emily McClung
  • 41. Sources and Sourcing, Ronald Bishop
  • 42. Crafting and Manufacturing in Mesoamerica: Critical Engagements in Theory and Method, E. Christian Wells
  • 43. The Domestication of Stone in Mesoamerica, John Clark
  • 44. Ceramic Technology and Production, Prudence Rice
  • 45. Mesoamerican Metallurgical Technology and Production, Blanca Maldonado
  • 46. As the Whorl Turns: Function and Meaning in Mesoamerican Textile Production, Geoffery McCafferty and Sherisse MaCafferty
  • 47. Markets, Merchants, and Systems of Exchange, Kenneth Hirth
  • 48. Central Mexican States and Imperial Tribute Systems, Frances Berdan
  • Social and Political Relations
  • 49. Archaeology of Gender in Mesoamerican Societies, Rosemary Joyce
  • 50. Class and Ethnicity, Elizabeth Brumfiel and Cynthia Robin
  • 51. Households in Ancient Mesoamerica: Domestic Social Organization, Status, Economies, and Rituals, David Carballo
  • 52. “Community”, Marcello Canuto and Jason Yaeger
  • 53. Cities and Urbanism in Prehispanic Mesoamerica, Richard Blanton
  • 54. Mesoamerican States and Empires, Gary Feinman
  • Beliefs and Rituals
  • 55. Creation and Cosmology: Gods and Mythic Origins in Ancient Mesoamerica, Karl Taube
  • 56. Sacred Places and Sacred Landscapes, Katheryn Reese-Taylor
  • 57. Practices and Practitioners, Keith Reilly
  • 58. The Living and the Dead, James Fitzsimmons
  • Art and Iconography, Calendars, Writing, and Literature
  • 59. Mesoamerican Calendars and Archaeoastronomy, Anthony Aveni
  • 60. Themes in the Art of the Preclassic Period, Mary Pye
  • 61. Art of the Classic Period, Rex Koontz
  • 62. Art in the Aztec Empire, Emily Umberger
  • 63. Early Mesoamerican Writing Systems, John Justeson
  • 64. Maya Writing, Nikolai Grube
  • 65. Scribal Traditions from Highland Mesoamerica (A.D. 300-1000), Javier Urcid
  • 66. Nahua and Mixtec Pictorial Books: Religion and History Through Visual Text, Lori Boornazian Diel
  • 67. Colonial Documents, Eduardo de Jesus Douglas
  • Part V. The Spanish Conquest and Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods
  • 68. The Spanish Conquest and the Archaeology of the Colonial and Republican Periods, John Pohl
  • 69. Population Decline During and After Conquest, Rebecca Storey
  • 70. Historical Archaeology in Central and Western Mesoamerica, Patricia Fournier and Thomas Charlton
  • 71. Landscape Change in the Maya Region, AD 1450-1910, Rani Alexander

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press
  • Date de parution : cop. 2012
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XV-979 pages) : ill., cartes, jaquette ill. en coul. ; 26 cm
  • Collection : (Oxford handbooks)
  • Bibliogr. en fin de chapitres. Index
  • ISBN 978-0-19-539093-3 (rel.) : 165 £. – 0-19-539093-8 (rel.). – ISBN 9780190230807 (br.)1


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  • DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.001.0001
  1. La version brochée est parue le 23 juin 2016. []

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