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The Cloud People
Divergent Evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations

Edited by Joyce Marcus and Kent V. Flannery

The Cloud People
Paperback, 426 pages £36.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780971958746
Format: 272mm x 212mm
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Subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology, Eliot Werner Publications

A case study in the divergent evolution of Mexico’s Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations, this collection has become a basic resource in the literature of Mesoamerican prehistory and has been widely cited by scholars working on divergent evolution in other parts of the world. Originally published by Academic Press in 1983, a new introduction by the editors updates the volume in terms of discoveries made during the subsequent two decades.

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition

1. Theoretical Framework

2. The Common Origin of the Mixtec and Zapotec

3. The Formative Village and the Roots of Divergence

4. The Origins of the State in Oaxaca

5. The Early Urban Period

6. Monte Albán and Teotihuacán

7. The Changing Politics of A.D. 600–900

8. The Postclassic Balkanization of Oaxaca

9. Mixtec and Zapotec at the Time of the Spanish Conquest: Some 10. Similarities and Differences

Summary and Conclusions


References Index

'Brilliantly synthesizes the rich, diachronic record of prehispanic Oaxaca, Mexico, from the region’s first inhabitants to the Spanish conquest. The Cloud People remains a classic, a cornerstone of any library with an interest in ancient Mexico or social evolution.' (Gary M. Feinman, The Field Museum)

'The Cloud People revolutionized the world of Oaxacan archaeology. This classic in the literature of Mesoamerican prehistory is the major resource on Oaxacan prehistory and should be present on the bookshelves of everyone interested in prehispanic Mesoamerica.' (David C. Grove, University of Illinois at Urbana)

'The Cloud People represents an outstanding example of the power of an integrated historical anthropology. Flannery and Marcus’s use of a phylogenetic approach directly and positively influenced my own work in Oceania and should appeal to anyone who is interested in the holistic methods of historical anthropology. It remains a classic in the field.' (Patrick V. Kirch, University of California at Berkeley)

'In the two decades since The Cloud People was first published, it has not lost any of its luster or importance for the field of archaeology. A highly useful and stimulating exemplar of the key role that regional archaeological studies can play in elucidating the historic background of modern cultural differences.' (Jeremy A. Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania)

'The Cloud People is a ‘classic’ text in that it effectively captures the spirit of its times. In its enduring power to stimulate thought and debate, however, this volume is timeless.' (Edward Schortman, Kenyon College)

'The collection of innovative papers in the superbly edited and beautifully illustrated Cloud People makes this volume essential for Mesoamerican scholars and interested students wishing to understand the origins and evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations of Oaxaca.' (Evon Z. Vogt, Harvard University)

Kent V. Flannery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Joyce Marcus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 426 pages
 272mm x 212mm

BIC Code:
  HIS038000, SOC002010, SOC003000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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