After Monte Albán

Editor(s): Jeffrey P. Blomster

Year: 2008


After Monte Albán reveals the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic transformations in the area now known as Oaxaca, which lies between Central Mexico and the Maya area and, as contributors to this volume demonstrate, achieved cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. Large nucleated states throughout Oaxaca collapsed after 700 C.E., including the great Zapotec state centered in the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite culture changed in fundamental ways as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, each with a new ruling dynasty required to devise novel strategies of legitimization. The vast majority of the population, though, sustained continuity in lifestyle, religion, and cosmology. Contributors synthesize these regional transformations and continuities in the lower Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. They provide data from material culture, architecture, codices, ethnohistoric documents, and ceramics, including a revised ceramic chronology from the Late Classic to the end of the Postclassic that will be crucial to future investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's central place in the study of Mesoamerican antiquity. Contributors include: Jeffrey P. Blomster, Bruce E. Byland, Gerardo Gutierrez, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Michael D. Lind, Robert Markens, Cira Martínez López, Michel R. Oudijk, and Marcus Winter. This document includes the cover, title page, table of contents, and the first chapter: Changing Cloud Formations: The Sociopolitics of Oaxaca in the Late Classic/Postclassic Mesoamerica, by Jeffrey P. Blomster. The book in its entirety (438 pages) is available from University Press of Colorado.

Cite this Record

After Monte Albán. Jeffrey P. Blomster. Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. 2008 ( tDAR id: 374887) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8445KN9

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.281; min lat: 15.284 ; max long: -86.66; max lat: 25.483 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Beth Svinarich

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
2008-after-monte-alban-cov-pubinfo-toc-intrro.pdf 2.40mb Feb 21, 2012 12:52:58 PM Public