Mesoamerican Architecture as a Cultural Symbol

Synopsis

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.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • F. Kent Reilly
  • Philip C. Weigand
  • Joyce Marcus
  • Jeff Karl Kowalski
  • S. Jeffrey K. Wilkerson
  • F. Kent Reilly
  • Philip C. Weigand
  • Joyce Marcus
  • Jeff Karl Kowalski
  • S. Jeffrey K. Wilkerson
  • Augusto Molina
  • Cynthia Kristan-graham
  • John Martin Deland Pohl
  • Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
  • Robert J. Shar
  • William L. Fash
  • David W. Sedat
  • Loa P. Traxler
  • David Freidel
  • Charles Suhler
  • Andrea Stone
  • Merideth Paxton
  • Virginia E. Miller
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1999