In this book, Guy David Hepp presents detailed information from excavations he directed at La Consentida on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Importantly, he shows that this site is one of the first settlements (ca. 1900–1600 BCE) in Mexico and Central America found thus far. Archaeologists have debated the causes and nature of early sedentism and the rise of social hierarchy in Mesoamerica for decades. This book joins that debate. What is interesting is that the author argues that we should consider changes in social life along with shifting economics and ecology in the rise of permanent villages, agriculture, and social differentiation. The value of the book rests in its cogent presentation of current theories regarding the establishment of sedentary societies in the Americas and the supporting archaeological evidence. The author effectively presents data for environmental adaptation, interregional interaction, permanent settlement,...

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