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Title:
Prehistoric Mesoamerica
Author:
Adams, Richard E. W., 1931-
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Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Norman ; London : University of Oklahoma Press, [1991]

(1996 [printing])

©1991
Physical Description:
xviii, 454 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
Previous ed.: Boston : Little, Brown, 1977.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780806128344
Format :
Book

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In this revised edition of Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Richard E. W. Adams updates his widely adopted text with material from recent archaeological fieldwork to present a balanced summary and overview of the region that is today Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. Following an introduction to Mesoamerican studies, a brief geographic sketch of the region, and a summary of the major features of its civilizations, Adams examines in detail each period of cultural history: the first immigrants; the Olmec and their contemporaries; Maya beginnings and classic civilization; the great cities of Teotihuacan and Monte Alban; the rise and fall of the Toltec; and the civilizations of the Tarascans, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, Totonacs, and Aztecs.


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Library Journal Review

With a new publisher, Adams has updated his successful textbook on the pre-Columbian archaeology of Mexico and Guatemala (Little, Brown, 1977). This book is a no-nonsense, no-frills introduction to the Aztec, Maya, and their predecessors. It provides an information-packed summary of a complex field in which dramatic discoveries have been made in recent years. This edition is more readable, its illustrations are better distributed, and it is larger by 20 percent. Well written and current, it should be a hit on college campuses and among the informed public.-- William S. Dancey, Ohio State Univ., Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.