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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

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

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


Coe (anthropology, emeritus, Yale) and Koontz (art history, Univ. of Houston) have teamed to write an updated and expanded version of Coe's masterly work on Mexico's prehistory. All regions and major prehistoric civilizations of Mexico are covered with the exception of the Maya, whose geographical range extends beyond Mexico and who are examined in detail in a separate work by Coe. Information on a number of recent archaeological discoveries has been incorporated into this new edition, and a final chapter on visiting Mexico's archaeological sites has been added. The complexities of Mexico's ancient cultures are perceptively presented and interpreted. Coe and Koontz have done an excellent job of synthesizing a wealth of material and provide a comprehensive introduction to Mexico's prehistory that is both enjoyable to read and highly informative. This beautifully illustrated update belongs in the archaeology and anthropology collections of all academic libraries. Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, OH Cutler, Charles L. Tracks That Speak: The Legacy of Native American Words in North American Culture. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

'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
'A pioneering synthesis' - Antiquity
'Authoritative ... a reworking and expansion of Michael D. Coe's seminal publication ... a superb introduction to a fascinating period of history' -

A must for anyone interested in archaeology and history. "

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