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- DescriptionCombining older findings with new data on 1,000 previously undescribed archaeological sites, Origins of the Nuu presents the cultural evolution of the Mixteca Alta in an up-to-date chrological framework. The nuu -- the kingdoms of the famous Mixtec codices -- are traced back through the Post-classic and Classic periods to their beginnings in the first states of the Terminal Formative, revealing their origin, evolution, and persistence through two cycles of growth and collapse. Challenging assumptions that the Mixtec were peripheral to better-kwn peoples such as the Aztecs or Maya, the book asserts that the nuu were a major demographic and ecomic power in their own right. Older explanations of multiregional or macroregional systems often portrayed civilisations as rising in a cradle or hearth and spreading outward. New macroregional studies show that civilisations are products of more complex interactions between regions, in which peripheries are t simply shaped by cores but by their interactions with multiple societies at varying distances from major centres. Origins of the Nuu is a significant contribution to this emerging area of archaeological research.
- Author BiographyDr. Stephen A. Kowalewski is a professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia and has done fieldwork in the Southwest, Georgia, and Mexico. The other authors are highly experienced archaeologists participating in the biggest single archaeological survey project in Mesoamerica, hold various teaching and research positions, and continue their fieldwork in the Mixteca Alta as well as other areas.
- Author(s)Andrew K. Balkansky,Charlotte A. Smith,John F. Chamblee,Laura R. Stiver Walsh,Thomas J. Pluckhahn,Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza,Veronica P.
- PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
- Date of Publication31/03/2008
- Place of PublicationColorado
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Colorado
- Content Note98 b/w photos, 164 maps & 124 tables
- Weight867 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine41 mm
- Edited byStephen A. Kowalewski
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