Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $80.00
  • February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29065-1
  • 624 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Susan Toby Evans (Author, Pennsylvania State University)


The definitive textbook on the archaeology and history of Mesoamerica

This essential textbook brings to life the cultures of Mexico and Central America in the centuries leading up to and including the Spanish conquest. The first edition won the Society for American Archaeology book award in 2005, and it has become a mainstay in courses throughout the United States and Canada. The third edition includes new box features, thoroughly revised references, and an up-to-date account of the rise and heyday of the Aztecs.


    Part 1: Mesoamerica, Middle America, and its Peoples

    Chapter 1: Ancient Mesoamerica, The Civilization and Its Antecedents
    Chapter 2: Ecology and Culture: Mesoamerican Beginnings
    Chapter 3: Archaic Foragers, Collectors, and Farmers (8000–2000 BC)
    Chapter 4: The Initial Formative (c. 2000–1200 BC)

    Part 2: Complex Societies of the Formative

    Chapter 5: The Olmecs: Early Formative (c. 1200–900/800 BC)
    Chapter 6: The Olmecs: Middle Formative (c. 900–600 BC)
    Chapter 7: Middle to Late Formative Cultures (c. 600/500–300 BC)
    Chapter 8: The Emergence of States in the Late Formative (300 BC – AD 1)
    Chapter 9: The Terminal Formative (AD 1–300)

    Part 3: Cultures of the Early Classic

    Chapter 10: Teotihuacan and Its International Influence (AD 250/300–600)
    Chapter 11: The Maya in the Early Classic (AD 250–600)

    Part 4: Late Classic, Classic Collapse, and Epiclassic

    Chapter 12: The Lowland Maya: Apogee and Collapse (AD 600–900)
    Chapter 13: The Late Classic and Epiclassic in the West (AD 600–1000/1100)
    Chapter 14: Maya Collapse and Survival (AD 800–1200)
    Chapter 15: The Rise of Tula and Other Epiclassic Transformations (AD 900–1200)

    Part 5: The Postclassic and the Rise of the Aztecs

    Chapter 16: The Middle Postclassic (1200s–1430)
    Chapter 17: The Aztecs: An Empire Is Born (1430–1455)
    Chapter 18: The Aztec Empire Develops (1455–1486)
    Chapter 19: The Aztec Empire at Its Height (1486–1519)
    Chapter 20: The Conquest of Mexico and Its Aftermath

    Reference Maps
    Pronunciation Guide
    Further Reading and Bibliography
    Sources of Illustrations