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Mexico (Ancient Peoples and Places)

From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz


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

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This authoritative volume has been revised throughout and expanded, with stunning new images and accounts of the major discoveries of recent years.

Updates begin with the earliest periods: one of the enduring puzzles surrounding Mexican prehistory, the origins of maize farming, has at last been solved. There are insights into the latest finds at the Olmec sites at Chiapas de Corzo and Zazacatla. The Classic city of Teotihuacan continues to yield new discoveries, changing the way we look at this major site. The Post-Classic Huastec people are covered in greater detail. And the unearthing of burial deposits in the centre of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan has led to a fresh understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.

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'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

'Authoritative … a reworking and expansion of Michael D. Coe’s seminal publication … a superb introduction to a fascinating period of history'

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

'A pioneering synthesis'

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Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Seventh edition

Size: 24.1 x 15.9 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 189

Publication date: 22 April 2013

ISBN: 9780500290767

Contents List

Preface • 1. Introduction • 2. Early Hunters • 3. The Archaic Perid • 4. The Preclassic Period: Early Villagers • 5. The Preclassic Period: Early Civilizations • 6. The Classic Period • 7. The Epiclassic Period • 8. The Post-Classic Period: The Toltec State • 9. The Post-Classic Period: Rival States • 10. The Aztecs in 1519 • Epilogue • Visiting Mexico • Chronological Table • Reigning Monarchs of the Aztec State

About the Author

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.

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