Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca
Encapsulating two decades of research, Polity and Ecology
in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca is the first major
treatment of the lower Río Verde region of Oaxaca, investigating
its social, political, and ecological history. Tracing Formative
period developments from the earliest known evidence of human
presence to the collapse of Río Viejo (the region's first
centralized polity), the volume synthesizes the archaeological and
paleoecological evidence from the valley.
This period saw the earliest agricultural settlements in the
region as well as the origins of sedentism and social complexity,
and witnessed major changes in floodplain and coastal environments
that expanded the productivity of subsistence resources. The book
addresses theoretically significant questions of broad relevance
such as the origins and spread of agriculture, the social
negotiation of complex political formations, the effects of
long-distance trade and interaction, the macroregional effects of
landscape change, and prehispanic ideology and political power.
Focusing on questions of interregional interaction,
environmental change, and political centralization, Polity and
Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca provides a
comprehensive understanding of the Formative period archaeology of
this important and long neglected region of Oaxaca.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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