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Mesoamerican Architecture as a Cultural Symbol

Jeff Karl Kowalski, editor

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ISBN 10: 0195079612 / ISBN 13: 9780195079616
Published by Oxford University Press, New York /, 1999
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Mesoamerican Architecture as a Cultural ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York /

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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In this collection, prominent scholars provide new interpretations and useful syntheses of many of the most significant Mesoamerican architectural traditions from the Preclassic to the Postclassic periods. The essays examine the built environment as a carrier of cultural meanings. The many pyramid-temples, palaces, and ballcourts comprising Mesoamerican centers were constructed in the context of hierarchical societies, and provided monumental expressions of elite authority. The design of individual buildings, as well as the layout of site plans, often embodied Mesoamerican beliefs about the structure of the cosmos, natural forces, or the numinous power of landscape forms, thus providing sanction for the sociopolitical order.

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