Published online by Cambridge University Press: 23 December 2021
The Formative period of Mesoamerica saw the dramatic transformation of the way in which people lived. During the Early Formative period (2000–1000 BCE), villages were established throughout most of Mesoamerica as people became fully sedentary after many millennia of experimentation with cultivation (Love 2011a; Rosenswig et al. 2015a). The first sedentary settlements were small-scale affairs, but they represented the initial steps on a path of rapid social change (Rosenswig 2010). By 1000 BCE, we can see the first clear signs of city growth in a limited number of areas, and by 300 BCE settlements that were undeniably urban were present throughout much of Mesoamerica. The pace of change was such that every person probably experienced notable transformations in the course of her or his lifetime.
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