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  • ISSN: 0956-5361 (Print), 1469-1787 (Online)
  • Editors: Nancy Gonlin Bellevue College|Dept. of Anthropology|Bellevue, WA 98007-6484|USA, Blanca Maldonado Center for Archaeological Studies|El Colegio de Michoacán|Sede La Piedad|Mexico, Christina T. Halperin Département d'anthropologie|Pavillon Lionel-Groulx|Université de Montréal|Canada, and William R. Fowler Vanderbilt University|Ancient Mesoamerica Editorial Office|PO Box 6307-B|Nashville, TN 37235 USA
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Ancient Mesoamerica is an international forum for the method, theory, substance and interpretation of Mesoamerican archaeology, art history and ethnohistory. The journal publishes papers chiefly concerned with the archaeology of the Mesoamerican region and its networks to the north and south, but also features articles from other disciplines including history, paleoenvironmental fields, and ethnoarchaeology. A wide range of topics is covered, including but not limited to Indigenous systems of writing, myths, and history; paleoecology, the environment, and the Anthropocene; landscape archaeology; household-based studies of social organization, economics, and everyday practices; early human occupation and domestication in the region; political and economic organization from the Formative through the Early Colonial periods; migration and human mobility; and studies of ancient religion, personhood, and ontologies of being.
'The Night' - a new article collection

The night was an ominous and dangerous part of life in Mesoamerica, and composed an inherent segment of the ideology and cosmology of numerous Indigenous cultures.  But night-time was anything but sleepy. This sampling of articles that refer to the night illustrates not only how people went about their nocturnal business but how night-time was a part of an allegory for cosmic disorder, destruction, and renewal. Their activities included fishing, hunting, night walking, socializing, observing the dark sky, feasting, dancing, drinking fermented beverages, singing, participating in processions, celebrating a new cycle of time, venerating ancestors, and holding vigil. It wasn’t just humans who were busy at night; their spirit companions and altar-egos ran havoc, demons of darkness lurked about, deities visited each other, engaged in sexual pleasures, conflicts, killings, and continuously created the universe. Animals abounded at night, too; armadillos, foxes, owls, and jaguars to name just a few. The night was integral to the past, yet only recently has become an explicit subject of study. We hope that these articles provide a starting point for your own inquiries into the Mesoamerican night. They are free to download until the end of September 2022.


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