Twin Tollans : Chichén Itzá, Tula, and the epiclassic to early postclassic Mesoamerican world /
Jeff Karl Kowalski & Cynthia Kristan-Graham, eds.
Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2007.
640 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
0884023230, 9780884023234
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Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2007.
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Originally papers presented at a two-day colloquium, "Rethinking Chichén Itzá, Tula and Tollan," held at Dumbarton Oaks February 19-20, 2000.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Art historians Kowalski (Northern Illinois) and Kristan-Graham (Auburn), mentored respectively by George Kubler and Cecilia Klein ("giants" in the field) convened a Dumbarton Oaks colloquium in 2000. Nearly all of the papers appear in this massive, scholarly, well-illustrated, thought-provoking tome. Following a stage-setting preface, there are 14 chapters by 17 authors, including one by original discussant Mary Miller and an additional stimulating review by Michael Smith (coeditor with Frances Berdan of The Postclassic Mesoamerican World, CH, Sep'03, 41-0497). Highly regarded Mesoamerican archaeologists, art historians, and epigraphers (from the US, Mexico, Canada, and Germany) collectively assembled a cornucopia of new research for this sorely needed and groundbreaking synthesis. Papers topically consider the Tollan myth and the Toltec urban centers of Tula (central Mexico) and Chichen Itza (the Yucatan); similarities between these epiclassic sites (ca. 650-1150 CE) have been debated for 12 decades. The contributors explore and synthesize diverse topics: world systems, new excavations, political organization, militarism, exchange, hieroglyphics, and symbolism, and other centers such as Cholula. Each chapter has separate references; overall, there are 201 figures and 1,869 bibliographic entries, and a highly detailed index. This remarkable volume is indispensable reading for Mesoamerican scholars. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. C. Kolb National Endowment for the Humanities
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This volume had its beginnings in the two-day colloquium, "Rethinking ChichÉn ItzÁ, Tula and Tollan," that was held at Dumbarton Oaks. The selected essays revisit long-standing questions regarding the nature of the relationship between Chichen Itza and Tula. Rather than approaching these questions through the notions of migrations and conquests, these essays place the cities in the context of the emerging social, political, and economic relationships that took shape during the transition from the Epiclassic period in Central Mexico, the Terminal Classic period in the Maya region, and the succeeding Early Postclassic period.
Table of Contents
Chichen Itza, Tula, and Tollan : changing perspectives on a recurring problem in Mesoamerican archaeology and art historyp. 13
Toltecs, Tula, and Chichen Itza : the development of an archaeological mythp. 85
Chichen Itza, Tula, and the epiclassic early postclassic Mesoamerican world systemp. 129
Birds, ceramics, and cacao : new excavations at Chichen Itza, Yucatanp. 151
Reading between the lines : hieroglyphic texts from Chichen Itza and its neighborsp. 205
What's "Toltec" at Uxmal and Chichen Itza? : merging Maya and Mesoamerican worldviews and world systems in terminal classic to early postclassic Yucatanp. 251
Multepal or centralized kingship? : new evidence on governmental organization at Chichen Itzap. 315
War and statecraft in the northern Maya lowlands : Yaxuna and Chichen Itzap. 345
From the bottom up : the timing and nature of the Tula - Chichen Itza exchangep. 377
New perspectives on Tula's obsidian industry and its relationship to Chichen Itzap. 429
So what else is new? : a Cholua-centric perspective on lowland/highland interaction during the classic/postclassic transitionp. 449
The epiclassic in the Tula region beyond Tula Chicop. 481
Structuring identity at Tula : the design and symbolism of colonnaded halls and sunken spacesp. 531
Tula and Chichen Itza : are we asking the right questions?p. 579
Tula, Chichen Itza : a historiographic afterwordp. 619
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