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War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica$
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Ross Hassig

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077348

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077348.001.0001

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The Reintegration of Mesoamerica

The Reintegration of Mesoamerica

(p.110) Chapter 8 The Reintegration of Mesoamerica
War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica

Ross Hassig

University of California Press

The population of the Valley of Mexico became more dispersed and ruralized following Teotihuacan's decline, although the northern third of the valley was densely settled, culturally eclipsing the southern area. The Toltecs were a multiethnic society. In Teotihuacan, Toltec arms and armor reflected standardized weapons. It has been suggested that the Toltec polity encompassed much of central Mexico. The Toltecs expanded throughout Mesoamerica and also traded far to the north. Chichen Itza presents an interesting picture of Mesoamerican warfare because it is not only the clash of two different cultures, but of two different weapons complexes as well. Largely as a result of its superior road-based political integration, Coba and its dependencies remained independent of Chichen Itza.

Keywords:   Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacan, Toltecs, Mesoamerica, Chichen Itza, Mesoamerican warfare, Coba

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