Two. Mesoamerica

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. John Monaghan Professor Head Adjunct Curator and
  2. Andrew R. Wyatt PhD

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch2

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Monaghan, J. and Wyatt, A. R. (2010) Mesoamerica, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • Mesoamerica;
  • “Mesoamerica” - present-day countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador;
  • Mesoamerican people, independently inventing agriculture and writing - sophisticated temporal and celestial measurements;
  • Mesoamerican people, and boundaries between themselves - and non-Mesoamerican people's language, society, and culture;
  • archeology of Mesoamerica - Mesoamerican past into Paleoindian, Archaic, Formative, Classic, and Postclassic;
  • agriculture for human life - Mesoamerica, early centers of its development;
  • Classic period, AD 250 to 900 - state-level societies throughout the region;
  • scholars, and Classic period - highest expression of Mesoamerican civilization;
  • Maya collapse, topics of research - for several generations of archeologists;
  • Mesoamerican history, Preconquest or pre-Columbian period and Postconquest or Colonial period - Spanish conquest, changing fortunes of Mesoamerican people


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Archeology of Mesoamerica

  • Mesoamerica after the Conquest

  • bibliography