After Monte Alban: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, by Jeffrey P. Blomster

By Jeffrey P. Blomster

After Monte Albán finds the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic changes within the region referred to now as Oaxaca, which lies among vital Mexico and the Maya region and, as participants to this quantity reveal, completed cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. huge nucleated states all through Oaxaca collapsed after seven-hundred C.E., together with the nice Zapotec country situated within the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite tradition replaced in primary methods as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, every one with a brand new ruling dynasty required to plot novel concepts of legitimization. nearly all of the inhabitants, notwithstanding, sustained continuity in way of life, faith, and cosmology.

Contributors synthesize those nearby alterations and continuities within the decrease Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. they supply facts from fabric tradition, structure, codices, ethnohistoric files, and ceramics, together with a revised ceramic chronology from the past due vintage to the top of the Postclassic that might be the most important to destiny investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's vital position within the learn of Mesoamerican antiquity.

Contributors contain Jeffrey P. Blomster, Bruce E. Byland, Gerardo Gutierrez, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Michael D. Lind, Robert Markens, Cira Martínez López, Michel R. Oudijk, and Marcus Winter.

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Sites such as Río Viejo engaged in multiple exchange networks, with connections to the Mixteca Alta, Cholula, and Tula. Early Postclassic pottery from the lower Verde Valley documents the increase in stylistic cross-ties between that region and highland Mexico ( Joyce et al. 2001:377). The new products, different regional partners, and the mechanisms of exchange and distribution represented significant disjunctions with the past. As trade and interaction reached new heights of intensity throughout Meso­ america in the centuries before the arrival of the Spanish, the agents of this exchange varied between regions.

She sees the plazacentered public architecture at Panteón Antiguo, Tehuantepec, as identifying it as a corporate community, the focus of religious and administrative features (such as overseeing public works projects) and physically separate from other communities (1994:291). Power and Legitimization: Alliances, Marriages, Factions, and Conquest From Late Classic to Postclassic, the legitimization strategies employed by the ruling elite changed. With the collapse of Monte Albán and other large states, alliances between city-states became increasingly important in reinforcing both the power and legitimacy of lineages and the position of the cacicazgo in regional politics.

1). The proposed ceramic sequence has received confirmation through radiocarbon dates from recent excavations at sites in the Tlacolula branch of the Valley of Oaxaca, such as Macuilxóchitl (Chapter 6) and Xaagá. Additionally, Michel Oudijk analyzes ethnohistoric documents to provide an alternative chronology starting at 963 CE, with three well-defined phases starting at 1100 (Chapter 3). Oudijk’s chronology was developed independently of ceramics and archaeological sources and is based on the foundation of lineages, suggesting there are three critical moments 15 Jeffrey P.

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