DUMBARTON OAKS PRE-COLUMBIAN SYMPOSIA AND COLLOQUIA
Cover: The Place of Stone Monuments: Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition, from Harvard University PressCover: The Place of Stone Monuments in HARDCOVER

The Place of Stone Monuments

Context, Use, and Meaning in Mesoamerica's Preclassic Transition

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$59.95 • £44.95 • €54.00

ISBN 9780884023647

Publication: October 2010

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384 pages

8-1/2 x 11 inches

94 halftones; 88 black & white illustrations; 31 maps; 5 tables

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This volume considers the significance of stone monuments in Preclassic Mesoamerica, focusing on the period following the precocious appearance of monumental sculpture at the Olmec site of San Lorenzo and preceding the rise of the Classic polities in the Maya region and Central Mexico. By quite literally “placing” sculptures in their cultural, historical, social, political, religious, and cognitive contexts, the seventeen contributors utilize archaeological and art historical methods to understand the origins, growth, and spread of civilization in Middle America. They present abundant new data and new ways of thinking about sculpture and society in Preclassic Mesoamerica, and call into question the traditional dividing line between Preclassic and Classic cultures. They offer not only a fruitful way of rethinking the beginnings of civilization in Mesoamerica, but provide a series of detailed discussions concerning how these beginnings were dynamically visualized through sculptural programming during the Preclassic period.