The evolution of regional demography and settlement in the prehispanic Basin of Mexico

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Abstract

Viewing archaeological problems in regional context has become so pervasive that it is easy to forget the relatively recent emergence of systematic regional inquiry in archaeology scarcely five decades ago (Willey 1953). Following this early lead, in 1960 William Sanders (1965; see Wolf 1976) embarked on a pioneering study of prehistoric regional settlement patterns and cultural ecology in the Teotihuacan Valley, located in the northeastern Basin of Mexico. Intensive archaeological surveys conducted in the valley between 1961 and 1966, designed to discover and map all sites in that area (see Evans et al. 2000; Kolb and Sanders 1996; Marino 1987; Sanders et al. 1975), were augmented by similar efforts in seven other portions of the Basin of Mexico between 1966 and 1975 (Blanton 1972; Gorenflo and Sanders 2006; Parsons 1971; Parsons et al. 1982; Sanders and Gorenflo 2006; see also Gorenflo and Sanders 2006; Parsons et al. 1983)-yielding data on more than 3,700 archaeological sites in that region dating between 1500 BC and 1519 AD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUrbanism in the Preindustrial World
Subtitle of host publicationCross-Cultural Approaches
PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
Pages295-314
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0817314768, 9780817352462
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

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  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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