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Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca
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Encapsulating two decades of research, Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca is the first major treatment of the lower Río Verde region of Oaxaca, investigating its social, political, and ecological history. Tracing Formative period developments from the earliest known evidence of human presence to the collapse of lower Río Viejo (the region’s first centralized polity), the volume synthesizes the archaeological and paleoecological evidence from the valley.

This period saw the earliest agricultural settlements in the region as well as the origins of sedentism and early village life, witnessed major changes in the lower Río Verde’s floodplain and in environments along the coast that expanded the productivity of subsistence resources, and experience the emergence of social complexity. The book addresses theoretically significant questions of broad relevance such as the origins and spread of agriculture, the social negotiation of complex political formations, the effects of long-distance trade and interaction, the macroregional effects of landscape change, and prehispanic ideology and political power.

Focusing on questions of interregional interaction, environmental change, and political centralization, Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca provides a comprehensive understanding of the Formative period archaeology of this important and long neglected region of Oaxaca.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. 1. Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca: An Introduction
  2. pp. 1-41
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  1. 2. Paleoecological Evidence for Early Agriculture and Forest Clearance in Coastal Oaxaca
  2. pp. 43-64
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  1. 3. Anthropogenic Landscape Change and the Human Ecology of the Lower Río Verde Valley
  2. pp. 65-96
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  1. 4. Formative Period Burial Practices and Cemeteries
  2. pp. 97-133
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  1. 5. Place-Making and Power in the Terminal Formative: Excavations on Río Viejo’s Acropolis
  2. pp. 135-163
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  1. 6. Defining Community and Status at Outlying Sites during the Terminal Formative Period
  2. pp. 165-192
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  1. 7. Coastal/Highland Interaction in Oaxaca, Mexico: The Perspective from San Francisco de Arriba
  2. pp. 193-226
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  1. 8. Examining Ceramic Evidence for the Zapotec Imperialism Hypothesis in the Lower Río Verde Region of Oaxaca, Mexico
  2. pp. 227-263
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  1. 9. From Flesh to Clay: Formative Period Iconography from Oaxaca’s Lower Río Verde Valley
  2. pp. 265-299
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  1. 10. Coastal Oaxaca and Formative Developments in Mesoamerica
  2. pp. 301-339
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 341-363
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-350
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