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From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Michael D Coe, Rex Koontz, Javier Urcid


Now in its seventh edition, this is the classic book on the archaeology and peoples of Pre-Columbian Mexico


This authoritative volume has been revised throughout and expanded, with stunning new images and accounts of the major discoveries of recent years. Recent findings have been added to expand our understanding of the Olmecs outside of their heartland, and new research on the legacy of the Maya offers a wider and more cohesive narrative of Mexico’s history. New co-author Javier Urcid has added greater coverage of Oaxaca and of Monté Alban, one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica and the center of the Zapotec civilization, and a fully revised Epilogue discusses the survival of indigenous populations in Mexico from the Conquest up to the present. This longstanding classic now features full-colour photos of the vibrant art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica throughout.


'Fascinating reading ... an accessible, informed and extremely well-illustrated introductory book'
Popular Archaeology

'Packed with interesting detail, it is a superb introduction to a fascinating piece of history, and a valuable synthesis of the latest research in this field ... An absorbing read'
Current World Archaeology

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Eighth edition

Size: 24.1 x 15.9 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Publication date: 3 October 2019

ISBN: 9780500293737

About the Author

Professor Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Curator Emeritus in the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Reading the Maya Glyphs and Mexico and The True History of Chocolate, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Dr Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Houston and has written widely on ancient Mexican art, architecture and aesthetics.

Professor Javier Urcid is the Jane’s Chair Professor of Latin American Studies at Brandeis University.