Combining older findings with new data on 1,000 previously
undescribed archaeological sites, Origins of the Ñuu
presents the cultural evolution of the Mixteca Alta in an
up-to-date chronological framework.
The ñuu - the kingdoms of the famous Mixtec codices - are traced
back through the Postclassic and Classic periods to their
beginnings in the first states of the Terminal Formative, revealing
their origin, evolution, and persistence through two cycles of
growth and collapse. Challenging assumptions that the Mixtec were
peripheral to better-known peoples such as the Aztecs or Maya, the
book asserts that the ñuu were a major demographic and economic
power in their own right.
Older explanations of multiregional or macroregional systems
often portrayed civilizations as rising in a cradle or hearth and
spreading outward. New macroregional studies show that
civilizations are products of more complex interactions between
regions, in which peripheries are not simply shaped by cores but by
their interactions with multiple societies at varying distances
from major centers. Origins of the Ñuu is a significant
contribution to this emerging area of archaeological research.