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Ancient West Mexicos: Time, Space, and Diversity

Joshua D. Englehardt, Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza, and Christopher S. Beekman


Ancient west Mexico has often been viewed as an isolated mishmash of cultures, separated from Mesoamerica “proper,” a region that lacked “civilization.” This volume argues against this vision by highlighting current archaeological research on the diverse and complex pre-Hispanic societies that developed in this area. Through the presentation of original data and interpretations, contributions provoke debate and advance understanding of regional complexity, chronology, and diversity, as well as the role of the west in broader, pan-Mesoamerican sociocultural processes. The volume illustrates the ... More

Keywords: Ancient west Mexico, Archaeology, Mesoamerica, pre-Hispanic societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066349
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua D. Englehardt, editor
Centro de Estudios Arqueológicos at El Colegio de Michoacán

Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza, editor
Centro de Estudios Arqueológicos at El Colegio de Michoacán

Christopher S. Beekman, editor
University of Colorado Denver

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Front Matter

Introduction Ancient West Mexicos

Christopher S. Beekman, Joshua D. Englehardt, and Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza

Part 1 Time: Revised Regional Chronologies

3 Revisiting the Archaeology of the Huetamo Area, Southeastern Michoacán, Mexico

José Luis Punzo Díaz, Diego Rangel, Erika Ibarra, Jesús Zarco, and Mijaely Castañón

4 The Early Postclassic Aztatlán Colonization of the Pacific Coast of Jalisco

Joseph B. Mountjoy, Fabio Germán Cupul-Magaña, Rafael García de Quevedo-Machain, and Martha Lorenza López Mestas Camberos

Part 2 Space: Old Questions, New Methods

6 Constructing the Pre-Hispanic Landscape in the Santiago Bayacora Basin, Durango

David Arturo Muñiz García and Kimberly Sumano Ortega

Part 3 Diversity: Refined Theoretical Perspectives

8 Cerro de Santiago

M. Nicolás Caretta and Manuel Dueñas García

9 Weaving Our Life

Michael Mathiowetz

10 Conclusions

Stephen A. Kowalewski

End Matter