Interpretacion Cultural de la Zona Arqueologica de El Tajin: Seguida de un Ensayo de una Bibliografia Antropologica del Totonacapan y Region sur del Estado de Veracruz

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Author: García Payón, José (1896-1977)

Year: 1943

Publisher: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

Place: Mexico City


63 pages with bibliography. Octavo (8 3/4" x 7") bound in original wrappers. First edition.

The city of El Tajan is located on one side of the Sierra Papanteca, between two small valleys, with a tropical climate, in the northern part of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It began as a ceremonial center in the Epiclassic period, then became a city with the construction of Tajan Chico. It started to decline in the twelfth century CE, until it was abandoned in the thirteenth century. Subsequently, it was used sporadically as a necropolis. In the areas surrounding the ancient city, we find settlements that correspond to the three great periods in the history of ancient Mesoamerica but not in the city itself, as has been suggested in a few chronological tables.


A few marginal markings, title and author penned to spine, some age darkening to spine and edges, text block separated from wrappers else a very good copy.

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