Pacific Latin America in Prehistory

Pacific Latin America in Prehistory

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qA remarkable range of ancient societies and economies flourished in the environmentally diverse coastal regions of Pacific Latin America. This first ever synthesis from a Pacific perspective describes the archaeological investigations recently undertaken in the coastal littoral. Studying the similarities, and the many differences, of these varied prehistoric cultures can help us understand some central issues in archaeology - to what extent were cultural variations caused by different historical traditions, environmental conditions, and interactions with neighboring peoples, and how do civilizations arise?q qIn this volume, specialists explain their latest findings in terms of archaic period adaptations, the development and spread of agriculture, the beginnings of sedentism, the formative periods of civilization, and the origins of socio-political inequality. The essays report on archaeological research in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru - an area extending from the Marismas region of coastal Mexico to Chile's north coast.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedSome cultivated plants were also found, including squash, beans, and gourds. ... Here, sedentary villages grew in regions with both fishing and farming potential, but they did not build the gigantic platform mounds found to ... process using archaeological evidence from recent excavation and regional survey in the j Mazatan region of coastal Chiapas. ... argues that the development of large political centers such as La Blanca resulted from the playing out of long-term local processes.

Title:Pacific Latin America in Prehistory
Author:Michael Blake
Publisher:Washington State University Press - 1999-01-01


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