Southeastern Mesoamerica
350 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Mar 2021
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Southeastern Mesoamerica

Indigenous Interaction, Resilience, and Change

University Press of Colorado
Southeastern Mesoamerica highlights the diversity and dynamism of the Indigenous groups that inhabited and continue to inhabit the borders of Southeastern Mesoamerica, an area that includes parts of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Chapters combine archaeological, ethnohistoric, and historic data and approaches to better understand the long-term sociopolitical and cultural changes that occurred throughout the entirety of human occupation of this area.
Drawing on archaeological evidence ranging back to the late Pleistocene as well as extensive documentation from the historic period, contributors show how Southeastern Mesoamericans created unique identities, strategically incorporating cosmopolitan influences from cultures to the north and south with their own long-lived traditions. These populations developed autochthonous forms of monumental architecture and routes and methods of exchange and had distinct social, cultural, political, and economic traits. They also established unique long-term human-environment relations that were the result of internal creativity and inspiration influenced by local social and natural trajectories.
Southeastern Mesoamerica calls upon archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, ethnohistorians, and others working in Mesoamerica, Central America, and other cultural boundaries around the world to reexamine the role Indigenous resilience and agency play in these areas and in the cultural developments and interactions that occur within them.
Contributors: Edy Barrios, Christopher Begley, Walter Burgos, Mauricio Díaz García, William R. Fowler, Rosemary A. Joyce, Gloria Lara-Pinto, Eva L. Martínez, William J. McFarlane, Cameron L. McNeil, Lorena D. Mihok, Pastor Rodolfo Gómez Zúñiga, Timothy Scheffler, Edward Schortman, Russell Sheptak, Miranda Suri, Patricia Urban, Antolín Velásquez, E. Christian Wells
Southeastern Mesoamerica is so good that it couldserve as a model for other edited volumes because each article contributes to the overall theme ofthe book: understanding the cultural complexity of an area that was once characterized as‘peripheral’ and homogeneous and subordinate to complex societies in the Maya highlands andlowlands. This book is a leader in applying networks concepts and community concepts.
Eugenia Robinson, Montgomery College
Whitney A. Goodwin is senior research specialist at the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Missouri Research Reactor with active research projects in coastal northeastern Honduras and the northern Great Plains.
Erlend Johnson is adjunct instructor in the School of Professional Advancement at Tulane University. He is currently the director of the Proyecto Arqueológico Regional Cucuyagua Sensenti (PARCS), which has conducted surveys and excavations in the Cucuyagua and Sensenti valleys of western Honduras.
Alejandro J. Figueroa is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He is an environmental archeologist with active research projects in central and southwestern Honduras.
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