Joyce Marcus, curator of Latin American Archaeology at the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology and Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Social Evolution, excavated in Mexico’s Valley of Oaxaca for decades. Here she draws on her own work and that of other scholars to create an encyclopedic, lavishly illustrated work on the origins and use of Zapotec writing.
Jeffrey R. Parsons
Hundreds of black and white photographs taken by archaeologist Jeffrey R. Parsons during decades of fieldwork illustrate now-vanished landscapes and archaeological sites of Mexico and Peru.
Kent V. Flannery and Frank Hole
Archaeologists Flannery and Hole excavated a series of Archaic sites in the Valley of Oaxaca, including Cueva Blanca, as part of a project on the prehistory and human ecology of this region of Mexico. This cave yielded artifacts from the Late Pleistocene through the Early Archaic to the Late Archaic.
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Zapotec Monuments and Political History
by Joyce Marcus
Of the four major hieroglyphic writing systems of ancient Mesoamerica (Zapotec, Maya, Mixtec, and Aztec), the Zapotec is widely considered to be one of the oldest and least studied. This volume assesses an array of topics, including (1) the origins of Zapotec writing; (2) the spread of writing following the formation of the Monte Albán state; (3) the use of Zapotec writing to commemorate inaugurations, building dedications, apical ancestors, founding couples, and noble genealogies; (4) the role of Zapotec writing in the changing political agendas of the region; and (5) the decline of hieroglyphic writing in the Valley of Oaxaca. Lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs, and original artwork. 350+ b&w drawings, maps and photographs, and 10 color plates.
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Memoir No. 61, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2020
8.5 x 11 inches; 470 pages; 330+ b&w photos and illustrations, 10 color plates
Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-93-7
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-915703-96-8
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