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By Jeffrey P. Blomster

ISBN-10: 0870818961

ISBN-13: 9780870818967

After Monte Albán unearths the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic changes within the quarter referred to now as Oaxaca, which lies among important Mexico and the Maya sector and, as individuals to this quantity show, accomplished cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. huge nucleated states all through Oaxaca collapsed after seven hundred C.E., together with the good Zapotec kingdom established within the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite tradition replaced in basic methods as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, each one with a brand new ruling dynasty required to plot novel ideas of legitimization. the majority of the inhabitants, even though, sustained continuity in way of life, faith, and cosmology.

Contributors synthesize those neighborhood variations and continuities within the decrease Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. they supply info from fabric tradition, structure, codices, ethnohistoric records, and ceramics, together with a revised ceramic chronology from the overdue vintage to the tip of the Postclassic that might be an important to destiny investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's important position within the examine of Mesoamerican antiquity.

Contributors comprise Jeffrey P. Blomster, Bruce E. Byland, Gerardo Gutierrez, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Michael D. Lind, Robert Markens, Cira Martínez López, Michel R. Oudijk, and Marcus Winter.

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During this transition, leaders of nascent city-states would have negotiated a challenging political climate in order to assert independence from Monte Albán while still referencing that ancient city as a source of legitimacy, especially those that 17 Jeffrey P. Blomster served its secondary administrative centers. The demise of effective power at Monte Albán allowed the ideological adjustments and political realignments to flourish. Monte Albán was not the only large Classic center in the various cultural regions of Oaxaca; other large states were centered, for example, at Yucuñudahui in the Nochixtlán Valley and Río Viejo in the lower Río Verde Valley.

The carving of animal bones, which reached an extraordinary height in the Postclassic at Monte Albán’s Tomb 7, also has Classic manifestations across Oaxaca, although with the hieroglyphic writing that is lacking in the Postclassic. Mural painting, exemplified in Classic and Late Classic Monte Albán tombs, also continues into the Postclassic. Indeed, codices may represent a transformation of this venerable tradition onto a more portable medium. Perhaps the appearance of codices reflects the Late Classic trend of smaller sites throughout the Valley of Oaxaca erecting genealogical registers that celebrate activities of their ruling elite.

3 The public core of Monte Albán; view of the Main Plaza, looking south. 2). At least sixteen distinct ethnic and linguistic groups are generally acknowledged in Oaxaca State (Flannery and Marcus 1983; Winter 1989), the vast majority of which remain poorly known and studied (Chapter 12). Some Oaxaca-related cultures, of course, are not limited by modern state boundaries, making recent investigations in eastern Guerrero—adjacent to Oaxaca—of great interest (Chapter 11). The best-studied cultures, the Mixtec and the Zapotec, occupy the largest valleys in Oaxaca; in addition to their own knowledge traditions, aspects of their cultures are documented by early colonial Spanish records and subsequent anthropological projects.

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