Cowgill, George L. State and society at Teotihuacan, Mexico

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: State and society at Teotihuacan, Mexico

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Annual review of anthropology -- Vol. 26

Published By: Original publisher Annual review of anthropology -- Vol. 26 Palo Alto, Calif.: Annual Reviews Inc.. 1997. 129-161 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication George L. Cowgill

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Central Mexico Classic (NU92)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cities (633); Territorial hierarchy (631); Population (161); Historical reconstruction (174); Visual arts (5311); Housing (362); Form and rules of government (642); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document Between 100 BCE [before the Christian era] and 200 CE [after the Christian era], the city of Teotihuacan grew rapidly, most of the Basin of Mexico population was relocated in the city, immense civic-religious structures were built, and symbolic and material evidence shows the early importance of war. Rulers were probably able and powerful. Subsequently, the city did not grow, and government may have become more collective, with significant constraints on rulers' powers. A state religion centered on war and fertility deities presumably served elite interest, but civic consciousness may also have been encouraged. A female goddess was important but probably not as pervasive as has been suggested. Political control probably did not extend beyond central Mexico, except perhaps for some outposts, and the scale and significance of commerce are unclear. Teotihuacan's prestige, however, spread widely in Mesoamerica, manifested especially in symbols of sacred war, used for their own ends by local elites (p. 129). This document presents a concise summary of the various cultural aspects noted above.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu92-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: ncludes bibliographical references (p. 304-317)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1988-1993

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Archaeologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 2009

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 2100-1300 BP (100 BC-AD 700)

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Teotihuacán, Valley of Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Mexico--Antiquities


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