New Perspectives on Formative Mesoamerican Cultures
Geography and Anthropology
These seventeen `perspectives' on Mesoamerican cultures were originally presented at a symposia at the 66th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held in New Orleans in 2001. Supported by illustrations of sites and finds, the contributions discuss the cultures that were responsible for some of the most significant social, economic and technological leaps forward across Mesoamerica. Such cultural revolutions are discussed in northern Belize, the Gulf, the Maya highlands and lowlands, Guatemala and the Pacific coast, Honduras, Mexico and Oaxaca. Subjects include: the development of architecture, the influence of interaction with the Olmec, external relationships and exchange, water management technology, the domestication of plants, cave utilisation, institutions and the transformation of the landscape. English throughout.