Pre-Columbian Man Finds Central America: The Archaeological Bridge

Pre-Columbian Man Finds Central America: The Archaeological Bridge

by Doris Stone




This presentation of the pre-contact history of Central America is an introduction and guide for visitors to the region and also illustrates hundreds of the museum's lesser-known holdings. Doris Stone spent decades working and traveling throughout Central America, from Guatemala to Panama. As Stephen Williams writes in his introduction, "her numerous journeys on mule back with Sam Lothrop and other archaeologists in pursuit of elusive sites in the Central American jungles were epic." The volume is enriched by Stone's deep first-hand knowledge of the area and its cultural past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873657761
Publisher: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Universit
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Series: Peabody Museum Series
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Stephen Williams


Part 1: The Mingling of Peoples

Geography and Terrain

Preceramic Evidence of Man

Archaic Cultures

The Eastern Frontier of Mesoamerica

The Evidence of History

Part 2: The Earliest Villagers

The First Pottery (2000 B.C.)

Olmec Influence (1200 B.C.)

The Earliest Maize

The Figurine Cult

Religious and Civic Architecture

The Trophy-Head Cult

The Record in Stone

The Mixture of North and South

Summary of the Preclassic Period

Part 3: The Mexican Veneer

Teotihuacan Influence (A.D. 300)

Nahuat Versus Lowland Maya

Tikal, Guatemala

Copan, Honduras

Innovations in Lower Central America

The Florescence of the Classic Period (A.D. 600-900)

The Movements of Peoples

Northern Penetration into Lower Central America

Sitio Conte, Panama

Summary of the Classic World

Part 4: Empire and Trade

The Imprint of the North

South American Influences

Cocle Culture, Panama

The Last Stages of Mesoamericanization

Postclassic Affinities in Costa Rica and Panama

Summary of the Postclassic Period



Chronology of Cultures



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