Monte Negro and the urban revolution in Oaxaca, Mexico

Andrew K. Balkansky, Verónica Pérez Rodríguez, Stephen A. Kowalewski

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This paper is about Monte Negro's origins, and how this site fits the emerging pattern in studies of Oaxacan urbanization including the Zapotec capital at Monte Albán. Our settlement data from a multivalley regional survey in the Mixteca Alta including Monte Negro allows comparison with other urban centers that we have surveyed. Monte Negro's origins are due to internal settlement shifts, but occurred in the external context of widespread militarism and multiple urban transitions. Examination of local, regional, and macroregional settlement systems through time reveals variation in urban trajectories that current models were not designed to explain. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-60
Number of pages28
JournalLatin American Antiquity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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