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When East Meets West, Volumes I and II

Chichen Itza, Tula, and the Postclassic Mesoamerican world

Travis W. Stanton, Karl A. Taube, Jeremy D. Coltman and Nelda I. Marengo Camacho
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984 pages. Two volume set.
Sub-series name:
Archaeology of the Maya, 12
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This volume represents the first large-scale reconsideration of the Epiclassic and Early Postclassic periods in broader Mesoamerica in 20 years. In part, the focus is to examine the influence of the ruins of Classic period Teotihuacan in the political, social, and economic structures of societies at the transition to the Postclassic period. Teotihuacan was a locus of critical cultural innovations in Mesoamerica. These innovations included fusing a warrior cult with long-standing ideas surrounding what has been broadly termed ‘Flower World’, as well as profound changes to economic and political structures. Later Mesoamerican societies drew on these innovations in their own unique ways and this volume attempts to move the discussion of cultural changes beyond the traditional focus on the sites of Chichen Itza and Tula, to consider many other communities across Mesoamerica and beyond.

This volume is part of a two volume set: ISBN 9781407319810 (Volume I); ISBN 9781407353647 (Volume II); ISBN 9781407359717 (Set of both volumes).

Travis W. Stanton is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests include Mesoamerican archaeology, state formation and collapse, ceramic technology, landscape archaeology, and remote sensing.

Karl A. Taube specializes in cultures of ancient Mesoamerica as well as peoples of the Greater Southwest. His research concerns ancient religious practices and beliefs as well as ancient writing systems and iconography.

Jeremy D. Coltman has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on Maya and Central Mexican art, religion, and ideology. He currently serves as lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside. 

Nelda I. Marengo Camacho is the executive director of the Boundary End Archaeological and Research Center. She received her PhD at the University of California Riverside, and collaborates with the Proyecto Chichen Itza and the Bioarchaeology lab at UADY. 

List of contributors: George J. Bey III, Geoffrey E. Braswell, Claudia Brittenham, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, Rafael Cobos, Jeremy D. Coltman, Jorge Perez de Lara Elías, Fiorella Fenoglio, Alexander Geurds, Jeffrey B. Glover, María Rocio González de la Mata, Annabeth Headrick, Jessica Hedgepeth Balkin, Christophe Helmke, Iván Hernández Ibar, Socorro del Pilar Jiménez Álvarez, Keith Jordan, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Cecelia F. Klein, Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Gabriel Lalo Jacinto, Roberto López Bravo, Aurelio López Corral, Nelda I. Marengo Camacho, Simon Martin, Michael D. Mathiowetz, Pascale Meehan, Mary E. Miller, Virginia E. Miller, Marx Navarro Castillo, Hector Neff, Jesper Nielsen, Guilhem Olivier, José Francisco Osorio León, Elizabeth H. Paris, Francisco Pérez Ruiz, Patricia Plunket Nagoda , John M.D. Pohl, Dominique Rissolo, Judith Ruiz González, Sachiko Sakai, Laura Solar Valverde, Travis W. Stanton, David Stuart, Nawa Sugiyama, Karl A. Taube, Vera Tiesler, Kenichiro Tsukamoto, Andrew D. Turner, María Teresa Uriarte Castañeda, Gabriela Uruñuela y Ladrón de Guevara

‘This edited volume is a much-needed update to our collective understanding of the Early Postclassic Mesoamerican world - a time (or state of being, as the editors suggest) of great transition, moving parts, and complexity.’ Professor Ken Seligson, California State University, Dominguez Hills

‘The relationship between Tula and Chichen Itzá is a classic theme of Mesoamerican archaeology. However, it is of paramount importance to have publications of these characteristics that update the research and data. This book provides an exhaustive bibliography on the topic that I believe will be a guide for future researchers.’ Professor Natalia Moragas Segura, Universitat de Barcelona

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