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The Early Olmec And Mesoamerica

Author : Jeffrey P. Blomster
ISBN : 9781107107670
Genre : History
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Breaking new ground in Olmec studies, this book reveals the complexity and diversity of 'America's first civilization'.
Category: History

Olmec Archaeology And Early Mesoamerica

Author : Christopher Pool
ISBN : 9780521783125
Genre : History
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Olmec Archaeology and Early Mesoamerica offers the most thorough and up-to-date book-length treatment of Olmec society and culture available.
Category: History

The A To Z Of Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : Joel W. Palka
ISBN : 9780810875661
Genre : History
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The A to Z of Ancient Mesoamerica covers some of the major discoveries throughout ancient Mesoamerica from the last 100 years. The results of previous and continuing research and explorations, plus recent interpretations of ancient cultures and new work at archaeological sites in Mesoamerica are summarized here. Included in this volume are information and insights on archaeological sites, material culture, social and economic organization, religion and belief systems, and the social history of ancient Mesoamerica. The entries contain geographical, chronological, historical, and interpretive data that serve as a condensed and accessible resource of reference material.
Category: History

The Beginnings Of Mesoamerican Civilization

Author : Robert M. Rosenswig
ISBN : 9780521111027
Genre : History
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Rosenswig proposes that we understand Early Formative Mesoamerica as an archipelago of complex societies.
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Olmec To Aztec

Author : Barbara L. Stark
ISBN : 0816516898
Genre : Social Science
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Archaeological settlement patterns—the ways in which ancient people distributed themselves across a natural and cultural landscape—provide the central theme for this long-overdue update to our understanding of the Mexican Gulf lowlands Olmec to Aztec offers the only recent treatment of the region that considers its entire prehistory from the second millennium B.C. to A.D. 1519. The editors have assembled a distinguished group of international scholars, several of whom here provide the first widely available English-language account of ongoing research. Several studies present up-to-date syntheses of the archaeological record in their respective areas. Other chapters provide exciting new data and innovative insights into future directions in Gulf lowland archaeology. Olmec to Aztec is a crucial resource for archaeologists working in Mexico and other areas of Latin America. Its contributions help dispel long-standing misunderstandings about the prehistory of this region and also correct the sometimes overzealous manner in which cultural change within the Gulf lowlands has been attributed to external forces. This important book clearly demonstrates that the Gulf lowlands played a critical role in ancient Mesoamerica throughout the entirety of pre-Columbian history.
Category: Social Science

The Art Of Mesoamerica

Author : Mary Ellen Miller
ISBN : UOM:39015080865606
Genre : Art
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"An essential guide to the art and architecture of ancient Central America." Colonial Latin American Historical Review
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Prehistoric Mesoamerica

Author : Richard E. W. Adams
ISBN : 0806137029
Genre : History
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An up-to-date overview of Mesoamerican cultures from early prehistoric times through the fall of the Aztec Empire, Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Third Edition will be useful and appealing to readers interested in Mesoamerican art, society, politics, and intellectual achievement.
Category: History

Mesoamerican History

Author : Captivating History
ISBN : 1647483158
Genre : History
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Four captivating manuscripts in one book: Olmecs Zapotec Civilization Maya History Aztec History
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Olmec Art Of Ancient Mexico

Author : National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173006243134
Genre : Art
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Fourteen Olmec specialists discuss not only the works of art but also the many recent finds, that provide insights into Mexico's most ancient culture, as well as its cultural history, cosmology, and daily life. Colour photos. Quarto.
Category: Art

Africans In The Americas Our Journey Throughout The World

Author : Sabas Whittaker, M.F.A.
ISBN : 9780595302475
Genre : History
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It's a historical account of African people and their imprint on the development of every society throughout history. It's significant contribution to the study of race, and race-relations, with a highly advanced input and scholarly impressive understanding for students of all ages. It examines Africa's participation in the development of China's first dynasty, Dravidian India, ancient Greek civilizations, and Europe's medieval economy. Readers are introduced to unknown advanced African societies throughout the Middle East and Meso-america's ancient Olmecs, the predecessors of all Native American, or Amerindian civilizations. The detail research focuses on the abolition of slavery worldwide and on the long lasting avenues blacks have traveled in search of freedom, equal rights, and justice throughout the Americas, and the lack of economic power still existent in Latin America and the Caribbean. Africans In The Americas (Our Footprints Throughout The World) identifies our history and outlines solutions that yield enlightenment to all. It is brilliantly written to the understanding of readers of all ages and races. It's primary purpose is to educate and inspire the black youth of today, who do not know that their roots grows deeper than their immediate surroundings and stretches far beyond other civilizations across the globe.
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The Mystery Of The Olmecs

Author : David Hatcher Childress
ISBN : 9781935487470
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Lost Cities author Childress takes us deep into Mexico and Central America in search of the mysterious Olmecs, North America’s early, advanced civilization. The Olmecs, now sometimes called Proto-Mayans, were not acknowledged to have existed as a civilization until an international archeological meeting in Mexico City in 1942. Now, the Olmecs are slowly being recognized as the Mother Culture of Mesoamerica, having invented writing, the ball game and the “Mayan” Calendar. But who were the Olmecs? Where did they come from? What happened to them? How sophisticated was their culture? How far back in time did it go? Why are many Olmec statues and figurines seemingly of foreign peoples such as Africans, Europeans and Chinese? Is there a link with Atlantis? In this heavily illustrated book, join Childress in search of the lost cities of the Olmecs! Chapters include: The Mystery of the Origin of the Olmecs; The Mystery of the Olmec Destruction; The Mystery of Quizuo; The Mystery of Transoceanic Trade; The Mystery of Cranial Deformation; The Mystery of Olmec Writing; more. Heavily illustrated, includes a color photo section.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Political Economy Of Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : Vernon L. Scarborough
ISBN : 0826342981
Genre : History
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One of the most culturally diverse regions of the ancient world, Mesoamerica was also one of the fledgling areas for state formation. The case studies in this volume interpret Mesoamerican civilization through the emergence, resilience, and occasional demise of Mesoamerica's early and developing political economies. An exploration of the unique adaptations and approaches taken by Mesoamerican societies to cope with their evolving landscapes provides insight on how these states were organized and the varying ways in which state affairs were conducted between regions and through time. Although several factors are presented and discussed for the rise and fall of the many complex societies, the book maintains a consistent emphasis on the political economy and its transformative effects over labor, land, and water. Inspired by the impact of the annual yearbookResearch in Economic Anthropology(REA) and its longstanding editor, Barry L. Isaac, the contributors in this volume were assembled to honor Isaac and selected based on their previous association with Isaac and REA as well as their knowledge of particular regions of Mesoamerica.
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Faking Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : Nancy L Kelker
ISBN : 9781315428604
Genre : Social Science
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Crystal skulls, imaginative codices, dubious Olmec heads and cute Colima dogs. Fakes and forgeries run rampant in the Mesoamerican art collections of international museums and private individuals. Authors Nancy Kelker and Karen Bruhns examine the phenomenon in this eye-opening volume. They discuss the most commonly forged classes and styles of artifacts, many of which were being duplicated as early as the 19th century. More important, they describe the system whereby these objects get made, purchased, authenticated, and placed in major museums as well as the complicity of forgers, dealers, curators, and collectors in this system. Unique to this volume are biographies of several of the forgers, who describe their craft and how they are able to effectively fool connoisseurs and specialists. An important, accessible introduction to pre-Columbian art fraud for archaeologists, art historians, and museum professionals alike. A parallel volume by the same authors discusses fakes in Andean archaeology.
Category: Social Science

War And Society In Ancient Mesoamerica

Author : Ross Hassig
ISBN : 0520912284
Genre : Social Science
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In this study of warfare in ancient Mesoamerica, Ross Hassig offers new insight into three thousand years of Mesoamerican history, from roughly 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest. He examines the methods, purposes, and values of warfare as practiced by the major pre-Columbian societies and shows how warfare affected the rise of the state.
Category: Social Science

The Early Mesoamerican Village

Author : Kent V Flannery
ISBN : 9781598744699
Genre : History
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This is a seminal tract on scientific method in archaeology and a series of studies on formative Mesoamerica that has influenced generations of archaeologist. A new Foreword by Jeremy Sabloff is featured in this edition.
Category: History

Discovering The Olmecs

Author : David C. Grove
ISBN : 9780292768307
Genre : Social Science
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The Olmecs are renowned for their massive carved stone heads and other sculptures, the first stone monuments produced in Mesoamerica. Seven decades of archaeological research have given us many insights into the lifeways of the Olmecs, who inhabited parts of the modern Mexican states of Veracruz and Tabasco from around 1150 to 400 BC, and there are several good books that summarize the current interpretations of Olmec prehistory. But these formal studies don't describe the field experiences of the archaeologists who made the discoveries. What was it like to endure the Olmec region's heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and ticks to bring that ancient society to light? How did unforeseen events and luck alter carefully planned research programs and the conclusions drawn from them? And, importantly, how did local communities and individuals react to the research projects and discoveries in their territories? In this engaging book, a leading expert on the Olmecs tells those stories from his own experiences and those of his predecessors, colleagues, and students. Beginning with the first modern explorations in the 1920s, David Grove recounts how generations of archaeologists and local residents have uncovered the Olmec past and pieced together a portrait of this ancient civilization that left no written records. The stories are full of fortuitous discoveries and frustrating disappointments, helpful collaborations and deceitful shenanigans. What emerges is an unconventional history of Olmec archaeology, a lively introduction to archaeological fieldwork, and an exceptional overview of all that we currently know about the Olmecs.
Category: Social Science


Author : Michael D. Coe
ISBN : UOM:39015079215185
Genre : History
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A latest edition of an authoritative introduction to Mexico's ancient civilizations includes coverage of the birth of agriculture and writing, new insight into the metropolis of Teotihuacan, and a recent find in the center of the Aztec capital. Original.
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Olmec Art At Dumbarton Oaks

Author : Karl A. Taube
ISBN : 0884022757
Genre : Social Science
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Olmec Art at Dumbarton Oaks presents the Olmec portion of the Robert Woods Bliss Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. It illustrates all thirty-nine Olmec art objects in color plates and includes many complementary and comparative black-and-white illustrations and drawings. The body of Pre-Columbian art that Robert Bliss carefully assembled over a half-century between 1912 and 1963, amplified only slightly since his death, is a remarkably significant collection. In addition to their aesthetic quality and artistic significance, the objects hold much information regarding the social worlds and religious and symbolic views of the people who made and used them before the arrival of Europeans in the New World. This volume is the second in a series of catalogues that will treat objects in the Bliss Pre-Columbian Collection. The majority of the Olmec objects in the collection are made of jade, the most precious material for the peoples of ancient Mesoamerica from early times through the sixteenth century. Various items such as masks, statuettes, jewelry, and replicas of weapons and tools were used for ceremonial purposes and served as offerings. Karl Taube brings his expertise on the lifeways and beliefs of ancient Mesoamerican peoples to his study of the Olmec objects in teh Bliss collection. His understanding of jade covers a broad range of knowledge from chemical compositions to geological sources to craft technology to the symbolic power of the green stone. Throughout the book the author emphasizes the role of jade as a powerful symbol of water, fertility, and particularly, of the maize plant which was the fundamental source of life and sustenance for the Olmec. The shiny green of the stone was analogous to the green growth of maize. This fundamental concept was elaborated in specific religious beliefs, many of which were continued and elaborated by later Mesoamerican peoples, such as the Maya. Karl Taube employs his substantial knowledge of Pre-Columbian cultures to explore and explicate Olmec symbolism in this catalogue.
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