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1 - Introduction: Mesoamerica and Its Pre-Hispanic Civilization

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 July 2022

Richard E. Blanton
Affiliation:
Purdue University, Indiana
Gary M. Feinman
Affiliation:
The Field Museum, Chicago
Stephen A. Kowalewski
Affiliation:
University of Georgia
Linda M. Nicholas
Affiliation:
The Field Museum, Chicago
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The objective of Ancient Oaxaca is to understand and account for the sudden appearance of a new city on a mountain, Monte Albán, about 500 BC, and the consequences of that event, which in the following few centuries would transform almost every aspect of cultural life. These developments in the Valley of Oaxaca region were part of and contributed to the creation of the sociocultural formations that characterized the world system or civilization of Mesoamerica.

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Ancient Oaxaca
The Monte Albán State
, pp. 1 - 20
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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