City Size in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica

  title={City Size in Late Postclassic Mesoamerica},
  author={Michael E. Smith},
  journal={Journal of Urban History},
  pages={403 - 434}
This article assembles archaeological and documentary evidence on the sizes of cities in Mesoamerica on the eve of Spanish conquest. Out of several hundred documented Late Postclassic urban centers, eighty-seven have reliable archaeological data on the area of the total city and/or the area of the central administrative zone (called the epicenter). The median urban area is 90 hectares (ha), and the median epicenter is 2.0 ha. These data are analyzed in terms of geographical zone, political type… 

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