The Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica: A Reader
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Part I: The Organization of Society.
Part II: Economic Organization.
Part III: Political Organization.
Part IV: Religion and ideology.
Marilyn A. Masson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Albany. She is a Mesoamerican archaeologist currently focusing on the Postclassic period of the Maya lowlands under the auspices of the Belize Postclassic Project, formed in 1996. She is co-editor of The Belize Postclassic Project 1998: Investigations at Progresso Lagoon (1999).
- Innovative thematic organization compares and contrasts social and cultural organization among the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations.
- Contains up-to-date research by leading archaeologists.
- Attractively illustrated with maps, photos, line drawings, and tables.
- Articles chosen for inclusion have been class-tested for accessibility and student interest.
"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-provoking as they situate the individual chapters, as well as the cross-cutting themes, in a sophisticated, highly readable review of current thinking." Wendy Ashmore, University of Pennsylvania