Ancient Peoples and Places


From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

  1. Michael D. Coe
  2. Rex Koontz
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NOW IN ITS SEVENTH EDITION The classic book on the archaeology and peoples of Pre-Columbian Mexico

‘Fascinating reading ... an accessible, informed and extremely well illustrated introductory book.’ – Popular Archaeology
‘Packed with interesting detail, it is a superb introduction to a fascinating piece of history, and a valuable synthesis of the latest research in this field … An absorbing read’ – Current World Archaeology
A pioneering synthesis’ – Antiquity
‘Authoritative … a reworking and expansion of Michael D. Coe’s seminal publication … a superb introduction to a fascinating period of history’–

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This authoritative volume has been revised throughout and expanded, with stunning new images and accounts of the major discoveries of recent years.

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Updates begin with the earliest periods: one of the enduring puzzles surrounding Mexican prehistory, the origins of maize farming, has at last been solved. There are insights into the latest finds at the Olmec sites at Chiapas de Corzo and Zazacatla. The Classic city of Teotihuacan continues to yield new discoveries, changing the way we look at this major site. The Post-Classic Huastec people are covered in greater detail. 
And the unearthing of burial deposits in the centre of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan has 
led to a fresh understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. Among his 
many publications is the companion volume to this book, The Maya, now revised in its eighth edition.
Rex Koontz is Director of the School of Art and Professor of Art History at the University of Houston and has written widely on ancient Mexican art, architecture and aesthetics.

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