Ancient Mexico & Central America

Ancient Mexico & Central America

Archaeology and Culture History

  1. Susan Toby Evans
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  • ISBN 9780500287408
  • 23.00 x 18.70 cm
  • Paperback
  • 608pp
  • 462 Illustrations, 80 in colour
  • First published 2008
‘A comprehensive and compelling narrative.… No other text surveys this material with such authority’ – The Times Higher Education Supplement


‘A must buy for all those interested in the pre-Columbian world’s most dynamic and complex societies’ – Michael D. Coe


‘In the rapidly changing field of Mesoamerican archaeology, Susan Evans’s book is the best, most up-to-date introduction to this exciting area’ – Jeremy A. Sabloff


‘This is the best single-volume treatment of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in existence. It is the standard by which such works will be measured for many years to come’ – Richard A. Diehl

This authoritative book explores every aspect of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, from Paleoindian times to the sixteenth century.

Society for American Archaeology Book Award winner

It provides overviews of the best-known regional cultures, such as those of the Olmecs, Maya, Zapotecs and Aztecs, as well as balanced coverage of regions such as West Mexico, Guerrero and the Gulf lowlands.

The book describes every major site, from La Venta and Monte Albán to Teotihuacan, Palenque and Tenochtitlan. It includes detailed discussion of major cultural themes, such as the ball game, maize cultivation, language and the development of the calendar, and is lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps. It has now been thoroughly updated to include new interpretations and recent discoveries such as the San Bartolo Maya murals and the Cascajal block with Olmec ‘writing’.

Susan Toby Evans is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and senior editor (with David Webster) of Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia.

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