Prehistoric Mesoamerica by Richard E. W. Adams

By Richard E. W. Adams

This significant revision of Richard E. W. Adams’s vintage textual content at the historical civilizations of Mesoamerica provides new info on hand from archaeological fieldwork within the area from the Nineteen Nineties via 2004 and in addition evaluates fresh theories in regards to the notable prehistoric cultures of a area that this present day encompasses Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and components of Honduras and El Salvador.

This updated evaluation presents an creation to Mesoamerican experiences, a short geographic caricature of the zone, and a precis of the most important positive aspects of its civilizations. Adams follows with a close exam of every interval of Mesoamerican cultural background, from early prehistoric occasions during the upward push and fall of varied city-states to the ascendancy and supreme fall of the Aztec Empire.

Prehistoric Mesoamerica might be of curiosity to either scholars and students within the box and to basic readers drawn to the wealthy variety of Mesoamerican paintings, society, politics, and highbrow achievement.

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C. was faulty due to the fact that the cobs had been treated with a preservative (Long et al. 1989; Flannery and MacNeish 1997). first immigrants and the establishment of settled life 39 Considerable controversy has swirled around the issue of the origin of corn for the past seventy years. The two major current models are based on both plant genetics and archaeological findings. The models can be tagged the highland and lowland models, but they can also be named the hybrid (highland) and mutation (lowland) models to reflect the principal changes thought to be involved in the development of corn.

Brown (1980). 32 prehistoric mesoamerica Cave sites in the Tehuacan Valley to the southeast of the Basin of Mexico and in Tamaulipas, far to the north, have produced approximately contemporary remains in the form of somewhat nondescript collections of scrapers, flakes, and chips. Inasmuch as the rest of the Tehuacan and Tamaulipas sequences show definite and increasing reliance on small animals and plant gathering, MacNeish has suggested that big game hunting as a way of life never existed in the form that it did on the North American Great Plains.

The site of Tapiales in highland Guatemala, dated as ca. , has produced a Clovis-like point and a large number of woodworking tools. A very large number of probable lithic-stage sites have also been found in the same zone of Guatemala by Kenneth L. Brown (1980). 32 prehistoric mesoamerica Cave sites in the Tehuacan Valley to the southeast of the Basin of Mexico and in Tamaulipas, far to the north, have produced approximately contemporary remains in the form of somewhat nondescript collections of scrapers, flakes, and chips.

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