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  • ISSN: 0956-5361 (Print), 1469-1787 (Online)
  • Editors: Blanca Maldonado Center for Archaeological Studies|El Colegio de Michoacán|Sede La Piedad|Mexico, Sarah B. Barber University of Central Florida, USA, and Christina T. Halperin Département d'anthropologie|Pavillon Lionel-Groulx|Université de Montréal|Canada
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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.
Special Section, 34/2: Archaeology in Chichen Itza

The Maya city of Chichén Itzá, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, has been under archaeological exploration since 1993. Several major archaeological investigations have been conducted, focusing on its architecture, mural painting, iconography, and other realms of material culture. The five articles that make up this Special Section further contribute to explaining Chichén Itzá as a Maya site that had its heyday in the late Classic period. This set of works offers new interpretations derived from rigorous analysis of archaeological data, and supports novel inferences about the society and culture that flourished at Chichén Itzá during the Terminal Classic period.

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