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Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians, Volume 1

Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians, Volume 1
With the assistance of Patricia A. Andrews
January 1982
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476 pages | 7 x 10 | illus. |

The sixteen-volume Handbook of Middle American Indians, completed in 1976, has been acclaimed the world over as the most valuable resource ever produced for those involved in the study of Mesoamerica. When it was determined in 1978 that the Handbook should be updated periodically, Victoria Reifler Bricker, well-known cultural anthropologist, was selected to be series editor.


This first volume of the Supplement is devoted to the dramatic changes that have taken place in the field of archaeology. The volume editor, Jeremy A. Sabloff, has gathered together detailed reports from the directors of many of the most significant archaeological projects of the mid-twentieth century in Mesoamerica, along with discussions of three topics of general interest (the rise of sedentary life, the evolution of complex culture, and the rise of cities).


  • General Editor's Preface (Victoria Reifler Bricker)
  • Volume Editor's Preface (Jeremy A. Sabloff)
  • I. Introduction
    • 1. Recent Researches and Perspectives in Mesoamerican Archaeology: An Introductory Commentary (Gordon R. Willey)
  • II. Some Significant Archaeological Researches of the 1960s and 1970s
    • 2. Tehuacan's Accomplishments (Richard S. MacNeish)
    • 3. The Preceramic and Formative of the Valley of Oaxaca (Kent V. Flannery, Joyce Marcus, and Stephen A. Kowalewski)
    • 4. Monte Alban and After in the Valley of Oaxaca (Richard E. Blanton and Stephen A. Kowalewski)
    • 5. San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan (Michael D. Coe)
    • 6. Ecological Adaptation in the Basin of Mexico: 23,000 B.C. to the Present (William T. Sanders)
    • 7. Teotihuacan: City, State, and Civilization (René Millon)
    • 8. The Historical Importance of Tlaxcala in the Cultural Development of the Central Highlands (Angel García Cook)
    • 9. Tula (Richard A. Diehl)
    • 10. Tikal: An Outline of Its Field Study (1956-1970) and a Project Bibliography (Christopher Jones, William R. Coe, and William A. Haviland)
    • 11. Dzibilchaltun (E. Wyllys Andrews V)
  • III. Topical Syntheses
    • 12. The Rise of Sedentary Life (Barbara L. Stark)
    • 13. The Formative Period and the Evolution of Complex Culture (David C. Grove)
    • 14. The Rise of Cities (Richard E. Blanton)
  • Volume Bibliography
  • Index

Victoria R. Bricker is Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. Jeremy A. Sabloff is president of the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.