The understanding of warfare in ancient Mesoamerica has blossomed in recent years. In this volume, the authors use recent empirical studies to help us understand the patterns and nature of Mesoamerican warfare. Using evidence from ceramics, settlement pattern, epigraphy, ethnohistory, and ethnography, these projects define the martial nature of Mesoamerican societies and link it to ritual, political economy, and other cultural systems. The studies range from preclassic to post-contact and from Belize to Central Mexico. A comparison between this corpus and warfare studies in the American Southwest is also included. This volume will be of interest to Mesoamericanists and other archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians of ancient warfare.
Chapter 1: Studying Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica Chapter 2: Ceramics and Warfare Chapter 3: The Politics of in the Usumacinta Basin Chapter 4: Imperialism in Pre-Aztec Mesoamerica Chapter 5: Maya Ritual and Conflict Chapter 6: Conflict in the Maya Lowlands 7 Chapter 7: The History of Warfare at Yaxuna Chapter 8: Symbolic Representation of Warfare Chapter 9: Butterfly War at Teotihuacan Chapter 10: Epigraphy and Archaeology in Belize Chapter 11: Early Classic Maya Conquest Chapter 12: Ethnic Conflict in Postclassic Mexico Chapter 13: Dramas of Conflict and War Chapter 14: Warfare in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica Chapter 15: Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Index Chapter 18 About the Contributors