Forthcoming

Paso de la Amada

Paso de la Amada, an archaeological site in the Soconusco region of the Pacific coast of Mexico, was among the earliest sedentary, ceramic-using villages of Mesoamerica. With an occupation that extended across 140 ha in 1600 BC, it was also one of the largest communities of its era. First settled around 1900 BC, the site was abandoned 600 years later during what appears to have been a period of local political turmoil. The decline of Paso de la Amada corresponded with a rupture in local traditions of material culture and local adoption of the Early Olmec style.

Bikeri: Two Copper-Age Villages on the Great Hungarian Plain

The transition from the Neolithic period to the Copper Age in the northern Balkans and the Carpathian Basin was marked by significant changes in material culture, settlement layout and organization, and mortuary practices that indicate fundamental social transformations in the middle of the fifth millennium BC. Prior research into the Late Neolithic of the region focused almost exclusively on fortified 'tell' settlements. The Early Copper Age, by contrast, was known primarily from cemeteries such as the type site of Tiszapolgár-Basatanya.

The Archaeology of Political Organization: Urbanism in Classic Period Veracruz, Mexico

The Archaeology of Political Organization is an examination of settlement in the rich coastal plain of lowland Mesoamerica, which was wealthy by Mesoamerican values with fertile soil and tropical commodities such as jaguars, cacao, avian species with bright plumage, and cotton.