LISS.398A TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT and HUMAN ADAPTATION:
PART II PRE-EUROPEAN MESOAMERICA



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LISS.398A : RECOMMENDED READING PART II

Readings not included in the required text for the course are either in a notebook on reserve in the library or in books on reserve in the library. The location of the readings is indicated in the list below.

Charlton, Thomas H., 1978
"Teotihuacán, Tepeaulco, and Obsidian Exploitation," Science 200:1227-1236. [440]

Describes the "decentralized resource exploitation, manufacturing and exchange network" associated with obsidian mines near Teotihuac´an during the classic period. Detailed, but somewhat conjectural, picture of the mining, manufacturing, "marketing" system. Maps somewhat obscure. Emphasizes the importance of such "nonsubsistence production and exchange...in the evolution of this first Mesoamerican civilization". His thesis is roughly that monopoly on obsidian blade production was an important factor in Teotihuacán's political dominance of Central Mexico. Later work (Clark, 1986) suggests he overestimates the importance of obsidian exploitation in the Teotihuacan economy.

Diehl, Richard H., 1981
"Tula," in Archaeology, edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and with the assistance of Patricia A. Andrews, Supplement to the handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. Vol. 1, pp. 277-295, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [1400]

Feinman, Gary, 1986
"The Emergence io Specialized Ceramic Production in Formative Oaxaca," in Economic Aspects of Prehispanic Highland Mexico: Research in economic anthropology, Supplement 2, edited by Barry L. Isaac, pp. 347-374, JAI Press, Greenwich, CN. [104] *

Hassig, Ross, 1985
Trade, Tribute and Transportation: The Sixteenth-Century Political Economy of the Valley of Mexico, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. [493] *

Hassig, Ross, 1988
Aztec Warfare: Imperial Expansion and Political Control, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. [864]

Hosler, Dorthy, 1988
"Ancient West Mexican Metallurgy: South and Central American Origins and West Mexican Transformations," American Anthropologist 90(4):832-855.

Hosler, Dorothy, 1994
The Sounds and Colors of Power: the Sacred Metallurgical Technology of Ancient West Mexico. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.

Hosler, Dorothy and Andrew Macfarlane, 1997
"Copper Sources, Metal Production, and Metals Trade in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica," Science 273(5283):1819-1824.
Full text available on line.

MacNeish, Richard S., 1981
"Tehuacan's Accomplishments," in Archaeology, edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and with the assistance of Patricia A. Andrews, Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. Vol. 1, pp. 31-47, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [1405] reserve

Marcus, Joyce, 1976
"The Origins of Mesoamerican Writing," in Annual Reviews of Anthropology, edited by Ukw, pp. 35-67, Annual Reviews Inc., Palo Alto, CA. [435]

Very good introduction to whole subject. Treats history of scholarship, the definition and taxonomy of 'writing' and then gives. Discusses Mesoamerican writing generally and gives a systematic review of data on Zapotec and Maya texts -- provenance, date, interpretation. Excellent "time-line" diagram. Treatment of calendrics is sometimes a bit confusing. Talks about "year bearers" without defining. Presence of the factor "5" in the equation on p. 40 is mysterious.

Marcus, Joyce and Flannery, Kent V, 1996
Zapotec Civilization: How Urban Society Evolved in Mexico's Oaxaca Valley, Thames and Hudson, London, UK.

The best single source for social evolution in the Valley of Oaxaca. Thourough, scholarly and lavishly illustrated.

Millon, René, 1981
"Teotihuacán: City, State and Civilization," in Archaeology, edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and with the assistance of Patricia A. Andrews, Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol.1, pp. 198-243, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [1404]

Sanders, William T., 1981
"Ecological Adaptation in the Basin of Mexico: 23,000 B.C. to the Present," in Archaeology, edited by Jeremy A. Sabloff and with the assistance of Patricia A. Andrews, Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. 1, pp. 147-197, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [1403]

Weaver, Muriel Porter, 1993
The Aztecs, Maya and their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica. (3rd Edition) Studies in Archaeology, Academic Press, New York, NY. [1017]

This is pershaps the standard testbook on Mesoameriacn archaeology. It is detailed and up-to-date. The bibliography is excellent. Various chapters are recommended at specific points in the syllabus.

Weigand, Phil C. and Gretchen Gwynne, 1982
"Mining and Mining Techniques in Ancient Mesoamerica", Anthropology, 6:(1 and 2), Ukw, Stoney Brook, NY. [399] * GN1 A57I

Review AA 50:929-30, 1985. "...focusing on places and techniques by which rare minerals and other valuable objects were extracted... obsidian, turquoise, cinnabar, raw materials employed in pottery making." A collection of articles comprising two issues of "Anthropology".

West, Robert C., 1964
"The Natural Regions of Middle America," in Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. 1, Natural Environment and Early Cultures, edited by Robert Wauchope, pp. 363-383, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [998] *

Willey, Gordon R., Gordon F. Ekholm, and Rene Millon, 1964
"The Patterns of Farming Life and Civilization," in Handbook of Middle American Indians, vol. 1, Natural Environment and Early Cultures, edited by Robert Wauchope, pp. 446-500, University of Texas Press, Austin, TX. [1012]


Colorado School of Mines
Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies
Dr. Joseph D. Sneed
jsneed@mines.edu
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