Mesoamerican Plazas is a breakthrough volume that will surely lead to a surge in archaeological and architectural research focused on the importance of plazas in ancient Mesoamerican society. As the book demonstrates, planned open space is the core of urban politico-religious culture. Pan-Mesoamerican in its scope, the volume's content reveals a common thread through time and space. From the Early Formative to contact and viceregal periods, from mountain hilltops and fertile valleys to dense jungles, the book illustrates the seminal nature of the plaza as the symbolic founding center of a community. The plaza is also the venue for ritual and communal identity. Plazas, courts, markets, and other urban open spaces played many roles, roles they are still playing today.

Consisting of 13 chapters from different authors, Mesoamerican Plazas offers a glimpse into the diverse research projects that provide keen insight into...

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