Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Pre-Columbian Studies

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Variations in the Expressions of Inka Power

Variations in the Expressions of Inka Power

Burger, Richard L.
Morris, Craig
Mendieta, Ramiro Matos

Until recently, little archaeological investigation has been dedicated to the Inka, the last great culture in Andean South America before the 16th-century arrival of the Spaniards. Using both theoretical and methodological approaches, scholars of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities provide a new understanding of Inka culture and history.

Cover: Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowlands: An Epigraphic Approach to Territorial Organization

Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowlands: An Epigraphic Approach to Territorial Organization

Marcus, Joyce

Marcus reconstructs Classic Maya political organization through the use of evidence derived from epigraphy, settlement pattern surveys, and locational analysis. This study describes the development of a four-tiered settlement hierarchy and its subsequent collapse.

Cover: The Olmec and Their Neighbors: Essays in Memory of Matthew W. Stirling

The Olmec and Their Neighbors: Essays in Memory of Matthew W. Stirling

Benson, Elizabeth P.

Twenty-one papers on the Olmec were written for this volume in tribute to Matthew W. Stirling, “pioneer archaeologist, ethnologist, and the discoverer of the Olmec civilization.”

Cover: Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz

Classic-Period Cultural Currents in Southern and Central Veracruz

Arnold, Philip J.
Pool, Christopher A.

This book explores the diverse traditions and dynamic interactions along the Mexican Gulf lowlands at the height of their cultural florescence. Best known for their elaborate ball game rituals and precocious inscriptions with long-count dates, these cultures served as a critical nexus between the civilizations of highland Mexico and the lowland Maya, influencing developments in both regions.

Cover: El Niño, Catastrophism, and Culture Change in Ancient America

El Niño, Catastrophism, and Culture Change in Ancient America

Sandweiss, Daniel H.
Quilter, Jeffrey

This book summarizes research on the nature of El Niño events in the Americas and details specific historic and prehistoric patterns in Peru and elsewhere.

Cover: Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests: Intellectual Interchange between the Northern Maya Lowlands and Highland Mexico in the Late Postclassic Period

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests: Intellectual Interchange between the Northern Maya Lowlands and Highland Mexico in the Late Postclassic Period

Vail, Gabrielle
Hernández, Christine

This book examines evidence for cultural interchange among the intellectual powerbrokers in Postclassic Mesoamerica, specifically those centered in the northern Maya lowlands and the central Mexican highlands. It includes a wealth of new data and interpretive frameworks in a comprehensive discussion of a critical time period in Mesoamerica.

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