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By Richard E. Blanton, Gary M. Feinman, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Linda M. Nicholas

Simply after 500 B.C., one of many earliest states within the New global constructed within the Valley of Oaxaca, in present-day Mexico. The newly created political establishment introduced in its wake a profound transformation of society and know-how. This booklet investigates the wealthy archaeological checklist of the valley in an try and throw gentle at the reasons and outcomes of those adjustments.

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R / ' * . . . • V V*^ - V DAYSFOOTTRAVEL — ^ FROMCEMTEROF ^ — V VALLEY OF OAXACA . . \. . ' 1 y. £0 g 1 1000 ...... 5 Topographic variability and travel times in the southern highlands. the alluvium, the piedmont has thinner soils and more pronounced slopes. Because the water table is much deeper here, the natural vegetation (as well as agricultural activity) is more heavily dependent on rainfall. For this reason, the natural vegetal cover is typically thinner, and agrarian production is more risky than in the alluvium.

If propitiously timed, this is marginally adequate to produce a single crop of maize. Supplemental water from wells, small-scale canal irrigation, and floodwater runoff helps prevent crop failures in many years; in some parts of the valley it may support more than one crop per year. The Valley of Oaxaca is markedly different from the mountainous terrain that surrounds it for approximately 200 kilometers in every direction. Yet this great breadth offlatland also is internally diverse. The valley 34 Ancient Oaxaca is shaped like a Y with the right arm bent down.

2-3). South of the Ejutla region, Charles W. Markman (1981) completed a survey transect in the Miahuatlán Valley, where small-scale excavations and a reconnaissance had previously been conducted by Donald L. Brockington (1973). Three mountainous areas that abut the valley also have received full archaeological survey coverage. One of these is the Guirún area (Feinman and Nicholas 1996), running east of the Tlacolula arm of the Valley of Oaxaca almost to the current ethnic divide with the Mixe (fig.

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