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Chapters on Ancient Mesoamerica

The Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica, edited by Michael E. Smith and Marilyn A. Masson. Blackwell Publishers (2000), ISBN: 0631211160. ($36.95) 

" This volume is one of a very few that deal with the whole array of civilizations in ancient Mexico and Central America. It will be a welcome companion for readers new to the astonishing achievements and daunting variety of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The editors have chosen well: the papers collected here highlight the common threads that bind Mesoamerican civilizations together, while portraying their individuality and reflecting the diversity of approaches the archaeologists bring to the task of interpreting them." (Dr. John S. Henderson, Cornell University).

"Access to these important articles, as a set, will quickly prove indispensable for courses -- and general reading -- on Mesoamerican archaeology. The editors' introductions are equally valuable and thought-proviking as they situate the individual chapters, as well as the cross-cutting themes, in a sophisticated, highly readable review of current thinking."  (Dr. Wendy Ashmore, University of Pennsylvania).

About the Editors:

drawing of Otomi warrior  Dr. Marilyn A. Masson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University at Albany (State University of New York). She is a Mesoamericanist archaeologist currently focusing on the Postclassic period of the Maya lowlands under the auspices of the Belize Postclassic Project, formed in 1996. She is the the author of In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at Laguna de On, Belize (2000, University Press of Colorado).

Dr. Michael E. Smith is Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University at Albany (State University of New York). You may contact him at: For more information, you may follow the links provided below. 

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