By Richard E. Blanton, Gary M. Feinman, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Linda M. Nicholas

Simply after 500 B.C., one of many earliest states within the New international built within the Valley of Oaxaca, in present-day Mexico. The newly created political establishment introduced in its wake a profound transformation of society and expertise. This ebook investigates the wealthy archaeological list of the valley in an try and throw gentle at the explanations and outcomes of those alterations.

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In later periods, several reservoirs were constructed within the community's boundaries that could have served as sources of drinking water (and, in one case, to supply a small irrigation system); however, during the city's earliest occupation, in Early I, almost all water would have been laboriously carried up the hill. Additionally, it would not have been possible to grow the community's food supply either on the slopes of the rocky hill itself or in directly adjacent fields. , main zone of agricultural production) would be a roughly circular area extending 2-4 kilometers from the site's edge.

This use of types or styles from other regions is called cross-dating. Once the popular pottery styles can be placed in chronological sequence and verified through one or more of the other dating methods, archaeologists can often tell at a glance when a site was occupied just from the pottery types found on the surface or in excavations. But in Oaxaca, this "when" is only approximate, usually within 200-300 years. The smallest units of archaeological time that we can recognize there, given current knowledge of the dating of pottery types, are phases: Tierras Largas, early and late San José, Guadalupe, Rosario, and Monte Albán Early I and Late I.

0 g 1 1000 ...... 5 Topographic variability and travel times in the southern highlands. the alluvium, the piedmont has thinner soils and more pronounced slopes. Because the water table is much deeper here, the natural vegetation (as well as agricultural activity) is more heavily dependent on rainfall. For this reason, the natural vegetal cover is typically thinner, and agrarian production is more risky than in the alluvium. Yet, in a wet year, high maize yields can be produced in many sections of the piedmont.

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