New World States and Empires: Economic and Social Organization

@article{Smith2005NewWS,
  title={New World States and Empires: Economic and Social Organization},
  author={M. Smith and K. Schreiber},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Research},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={189-229}
}
We take a critical perspective in discussing recent publications on the archaeological study of the ancient state-level societies of Latin America. For some topics, such as intensive agriculture and exchange, data are far ahead of theory, whereas for others (e.g., gender and ethnicity), theory has outstripped data. Craft production, a topic that has achieved a good balance of data and theory, is one of the success stories of recent Latin American archaeology. After a discussion of sources of… Expand
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