The Sola Valley and the Monte Albán State: A Study of Zapotec Imperial Expansion

Andrew K. Balkansky

Balkansky’s full-coverage survey of the Sola Valley, 65 kilometers southwest of Oaxaca City, documents 120 sites. By combining his data with that of 13 other regions of Oaxaca, he produces a model for Zapotec state expansion that integrates colonization, diplomacy, and military conquest. He also reflects on the origins of the cacicazgo and the indiscriminate application of “world system” models. The book includes a chapter on shell artifacts by L.M. Nicholas and G.M. Feinman and a chapter on the carved stones of the Sola region by J. Marcus. This monograph is part of the subseries on the prehistory and human ecology of the Valley of Oaxaca.

Order from the University of Michigan Press.

Publisher: Museum of Anthropology

Year of Publication: 2002

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Pages: 182

Price: $25

Print ISBN: 978-0-915703-53-1

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-951519-90-2

Monograph Series / Number: Memoirs No. 36

Tables / Illustrations: 30 tables, 87 figures, 28 plates


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