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By Jeffrey P. Blomster

After Monte Albán unearths the richness and interregional relevance of Postclassic changes within the sector referred to now as Oaxaca, which lies among principal Mexico and the Maya region and, as members to this quantity exhibit, completed cultural centrality in pan-Mesoamerican networks. huge nucleated states all through Oaxaca collapsed after seven-hundred C.E., together with the good Zapotec country situated within the Valley of Oaxaca, Monte Albán. Elite tradition replaced in basic methods as small city-states proliferated in Oaxaca, every one with a brand new ruling dynasty required to plan novel techniques of legitimization. the majority of the inhabitants, although, sustained continuity in way of life, faith, and cosmology.

Contributors synthesize those nearby adjustments and continuities within the decrease Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. they supply facts from fabric tradition, structure, codices, ethnohistoric files, and ceramics, together with a revised ceramic chronology from the past due vintage to the top of the Postclassic that might be the most important to destiny investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's important position within the examine of Mesoamerican antiquity.

Contributors comprise 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.

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Marcus Winter (Chapter 12) proposes an abandonment of parts of the Valley of Oaxaca at the end of the Late Classic. In addition to drastic population decline at the end of the Xoo phase (800 CE) at Monte Albán, excavations at Lambityeco, a major salt-producing center in the Valley of Oaxaca, document the abandonment of houses between 700 and 800, although some salt making continued at the site into the Postclassic (Chapter 5). Indeed, it appears that the depopulation of Lambityeco represents repression and political domination of a competing center by the Monte Albán state prior to its collapse (see below).

New forms of legitimization focused on the complex ways in which dynasties were founded—reflective of the complex, factional politics of the Postclassic. Yuhuitayu, the Mixtec term used for large settlements (see previous discussion), specifically associates place with a ruling couple’s union. Marriages linked dynasties and connected them to larger political networks. Places that had venerated supernatural connections, such as Achiutla, and/or ancient and well-established genealogies, such as Tilantongo, Jaltepec, Tlaxiaco, and Coixtlahuaca (Chapter 10; Pohl 2003b), produced royals who made especially desirable marriage partners, and ambitious elites (often from less important lineages) vied for these marriage partners to enhance their own legitimacy and reputation of their dynasty.

29 Jeffrey P. Blomster Although many aspects of commoner life demonstrate great continuity between the Late Classic and Early Postclassic, recent research in the lower Río Verde Valley suggests commoners thrived during this transition; they engaged in a more diverse domestic economy and had more access to imported prestige goods (see previous discussion). They also may have played a more expansive role in this period of sociopolitical transformations. At Río Viejo, commoners may have seen the waning power of elites as an opportunity for them to change the nature of what had become an increasingly exploitative relationship ( Joyce et al.

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