The text, whose relevance for the early Bolognese history of Codex Cospi had been stressed by Massimo Donattini (2008) in an article unnoticed by Mesoamericanist
scholars, (1) describes a gift that a Dominican friar named "Domingo" coming from the "New Indies" brought to Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici) when the Pope went to Bologna to meet the Emperor Charles V in 15321533.
archaeologists insist that the elephants are macaws and their eyes are the sign for macaw; look carefully, and the macaw sign is next to the elephants' eyes--elephants' eyes are quite small in their large heads, have you noticed?
and andeanist scholars have provided important warfare bibliography in the last decades.
However, he also presents us with an elaborate forgery scenario involving Robert Barlow (a US Mesoamericanist active in Mexico City in the 1940s) and a team of tlacuilos--experts in reproducing ancient Mexican scripts for the tourist trade (Chapter 6).
Mesoamericanists and colonial Mexicanists who read Bauer's account with a strictly specialist interest (perhaps misled by the fact that the publisher is the very scholarly and monographic Duke University Press) may be disappointed.
The fundamental anthropological structure of the subject matter, provided by the DMSE faculty members who teach it--Dorothy Hosler, a Mesoamericanist
and Heather Lechtman, an Andeanist--is communicated through a series of case studies.
Susan Norras, Marymount College of Fordham University; "Chinese Archaeology from the Perspective of a Mesoamericanist
More recently, however, and in particular with Mesoamericanist
Richard Blanton's critical review ("Mediterranean Myopia," Antiquity 75 : 627-29) of the massive, five-volume set The Archaeology of Mediterranean Landscapes, ed.
In the final chapter, Gary Feinman, a Mesoamericanist
, provides his outsider's view of Hohokam origins, social organization, and Mesoamerican connections.
Mesoamericanists in general should shift our thinking from the question of central Mexican influence on the Maya (or vice versa) to the question of Maya-central Mexican co-creation of important shared cultural concepts, including the very idea of the 'Toltec' as a distinct people on the basis of shared migration myths.
Mayanists (and Mesoamericanists in general) have been less inclined to use the term 'medieval' to classify periods in Maya history, perhaps in part because there is well-known terminology that was established relatively early to classify Maya historical periods.
The editors of this volume assembled a group of leading Mesoamericanists
to "identity elements and practices that combined to create systems of remembrance within Mesoamerican communities" (p.