By Jeffrey P. Blomster

After Monte Albán finds the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic differences within the quarter referred to now as Oaxaca, which lies among principal Mexico and the Maya quarter 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 good Zapotec nation founded within the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite tradition replaced in basic methods as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, every one with a brand new ruling dynasty required to plan novel suggestions of legitimization. the majority of the inhabitants, although, sustained continuity in way of life, faith, and cosmology.

Contributors synthesize those local differences 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 significant position within the learn of Mesoamerican antiquity.

Contributors comprise 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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Elites were depicted holding femora—probably from their ancestors—on tomb friezes at Lambityeco, where the removal of long bones from corpses has been documented (Lind and Urcid 1983). ” The legitimating power of ancestors remained important during this time of change; as Byland (Chapter 10) notes, the dramatic political changes involving Tilantongo, and the establishment of a new dynasty, would not have been considered legitimate without the approval of the Achiutla oracle. Economic Transformations, Exchange, and World Systems The period from the Late Classic/Early Postclassic transition through the Late Postclassic represents a time of fundamental economic transformation in much of Mesoamerica, marked by a high level of commercialization.

29 Jeffrey P. Blomster Although many aspects of commoner life demonstrate great continuity between the Late Classic and Early Postclassic, recent research in the lower Río Verde Valley suggests commoners thrived during this transition; they engaged in a more diverse domestic economy and had more access to imported prestige goods (see previous discussion). They also may have played a more expansive role in this period of sociopolitical transformations. At Río Viejo, commoners may have seen the waning power of elites as an opportunity for them to change the nature of what had become an increasingly exploitative relationship ( Joyce et al.

Tohil Plumbate, problematically associated with the movement of “Toltecs,” is rare in the Valley of Oaxaca and Mixteca Alta but appears on the Isthmus (at Paso Aguascalientes), which was part of an important trading network including the source of plumbate pottery. The recent excavation of several intact plumbate vessels at Paso Aguascalientes (Chapter 12) substantially expands the surprisingly small sample of such pots from throughout Oaxaca. Although acknowledging the occupants may have been Zapotec, Winter also suggests the site may have been occupied by an outside group—perhaps a merchant colony or enclave from the Soconusco.

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