New world complex societies: Recent economic, social, and political studies

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Archaeologists working on the complex societies of Latin America have made impressive empirical advances on a number of fronts during the past five years. This article focuses on economic, social, and political issues, using the following topics for organization: intensive agriculture, demography, exchange, households, urbanism, chiefdoms, and state-level polities. For each topic, I review recent archaeological research and summarize pertinent theoretical issues. Unfortunately, the heavy accumulation of new archaeological results is not matched by the conceptual advances that are needed to explore the analytical significance of the data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-41
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Latin America
  • New World complex societies
  • economic studies
  • political studies
  • social studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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