Contributions to the Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Greater Mesoamerica
The essays in this book present the inte-grated application of prehistoric, ethno-historic, and ethnographic data center-ing on the interpretation of ... Show synopsis The essays in this book present the inte-grated application of prehistoric, ethno-historic, and ethnographic data center-ing on the interpretation of past and present peoples residing in Greater Meso-america. These groups, at some time in their existence, had much in common: a corn-, bean-, and squash-farming base; permanent villages with plazas; public religious structures; and well-developed ceremonialism involving astronomical-ceremonial concepts including calen-drics. They form an area designated by scholars as the Continental Core of North/Central America. Each essay offers a methodological ap-proach or the documentation leading to a better understanding of such aspects of Greater Mesoamerica as climate, cultural history and sociopolitical organization. Contributors include Roman Pina Chan, William J. Folan, Basil C. Hedrick, J. Charles Kelley, Burma H. Hyde, Gabriel DeCicco, Michael W. Spence, Phil C. Weigand, Jay K. Johnson, Charles D. Trombold, Jr., Joseph B. Mountjoy, Dale P. Smith, Harold Franklin McGee, Jr., and Jonathan E. Reyman.