By Jeffrey P. Blomster
Contributors synthesize those nearby variations and continuities within the reduce Rio Verde Valley, the Valley of Oaxaca, and the Mixteca Alta. they supply information from fabric tradition, structure, codices, ethnohistoric records, and ceramics, together with a revised ceramic chronology from the overdue vintage to the top of the Postclassic that might be the most important to destiny investigations. After Monte Albán establishes Postclassic Oaxaca's important position within the research of Mesoamerican antiquity.
Contributors comprise Jeffrey P. Blomster, Bruce E. Byland, Gerardo Gutierrez, Byron Ellsworth Hamann, Arthur A. Joyce, Stacie M. King, Michael D. Lind, Robert Markens, Cira Martínez López, Michel R. Oudijk, and Marcus Winter.
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Another purported ware that evinces interregional interaction, Silho Fine Orange, has been found in the Valley of Oaxaca, at Lambityeco (Chapter 5). Numerous problems abound in associating scattered plumbate and Silho ceramic sherds with “Toltecs,” especially if by “Toltec,” a presence from Tula is suggested; as noted above, neither plumbate nor Silho Fine Orange were made at Tula. Although material evidence of Toltec contact is limited, evidence occurs in codical documents, as well as the painted murals at Mitla (Pohl 1999), and ethnohistoric manuscripts.
Rather than a specialized long-distance trader class, such as the Aztec pochteca, it appears that among the Mixtecs it was the junior nobility who organized expeditions for rulers (Pohl 2003a). Commoners also appear to have been heavily involved in exchange and markets. Due to the antagonistic relationships between Mixtec city-states, exchange often took place at annual religious events in the boundary areas between major cacicazgos. Thus, political conflicts did not disrupt economic relationships (Pohl et al.
Perhaps the appearance of codices reflects the Late Classic trend of smaller sites throughout the Valley of Oaxaca erecting genealogical registers that celebrate activities of their ruling elite. Many of the prehispanic beliefs that continue to manifest themselves in modern Oaxaca villages have roots that extend prior to the Late Classic/Postclassic transition. For example, the manner of internment has remained stable. In the Mixteca Alta, internment took the form of seated burials and continued unchanged during this period of transition.
After Monte Alban: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico (Mesoamerican Worlds: from the Olmecs to the Danzantes) by Jeffrey P. Blomster