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By Jeffrey P. Blomster

ISBN-10: 0870818961

ISBN-13: 9780870818967

After Monte Albán unearths the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic ameliorations within the quarter referred to now as Oaxaca, which lies among vital Mexico and the Maya sector and, as members to this quantity reveal, completed cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. huge nucleated states all through Oaxaca collapsed after seven-hundred C.E., together with the nice Zapotec kingdom based within the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite tradition replaced in primary methods as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, each one with a brand new ruling dynasty required to plot novel options of legitimization. nearly all of the inhabitants, notwithstanding, sustained continuity in way of life, faith, and cosmology.

Contributors synthesize those local ameliorations and continuities within the decrease Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. they supply info from fabric tradition, structure, codices, ethnohistoric records, and ceramics, together with a revised ceramic chronology from the overdue vintage to the tip of the Postclassic that would be an important to destiny investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's valuable position within the learn of Mesoamerican antiquity.

Contributors contain Jeffrey P. Blomster, Bruce E. Byland, Gerardo Gutierrez, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Michael D. Lind, Robert Markens, Cira Martínez López, Michel R. Oudijk, and Marcus Winter.

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In the Mixteca Alta, the Classic hilltop centers may have survived the collapse of Monte Albán (Spores 1984); however, due to the problematic nature of the Late Classic Mixtec ceramic chronology, this observation is tentative. In the lower Río Verde Valley, collapse began around 800 CE after a marked Classic period of population nucleation and political centralization focused at Río Viejo. Although the dominant ruling regime ended, the site remained occupied but without construction of additional public architecture—a pattern seen during this time at other sites in Oaxaca.

To some, the interconnected economies and interdependencies that developed during the Postclassic in Mesoamerica formed a world system (Smith and Berdan 2003a). One recent effort at defining a Postclassic world system conceives it as a “large-scale zone of economic and social interactions that tied together independent polities, and these interactions had significant impacts on the participating societies” (Smith and Berdan 2003a:4). Rather than using terms such as “core,” “periphery,” and “underlying hierarchy,” Smith and Berdan (2003b:24) usefully conceive of a series of zones: core zones, affluent production zones, resource extraction zones, unspecialized peripheral zones, and contact peripheries.

Sites such as Río Viejo engaged in multiple exchange networks, with connections to the Mixteca Alta, Cholula, and Tula. Early Postclassic pottery from the lower Verde Valley documents the increase in stylistic cross-ties between that region and highland Mexico ( Joyce et al. 2001:377). The new products, different regional partners, and the mechanisms of exchange and distribution represented significant disjunctions with the past. As trade and interaction reached new heights of intensity throughout Meso­ america in the centuries before the arrival of the Spanish, the agents of this exchange varied between regions.

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