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Smith, Michael Ernest 1953-

Works: 43 works in 231 publications in 2 languages and 11,938 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Juvenile works  Academic theses  Chronologies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Opponent
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Ernest Smith
The Aztecs by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

63 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 3,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Aztecs of Mesoamerica -- Rise of Aztec Civilization -- People on the landscape -- Artisans and their wares -- Merchants, markets, and money -- Family and social class -- City-state and empire -- Cities and urban planning -- Creation, sacrifice, and the gods -- Science and art -- Final glory and destruction -- The Aztec legacy today
The comparative archaeology of complex societies by Michael Ernest Smith( )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eleven leading archeologists describe their research on ancient empires, states, and chiefdoms using a comparative perspective. By making comparisons among sites, regions, and artifacts, these scholars produce new understanding of diverse specific cases, from the towering ruins of Angkor to the houses of Inca peasants. The reader learns about the political strategies of kings and chiefs, the daily choices of ordinary households, and the creative ways in which ancient peoples built their cities and shaped their landscapes. In the process, these chapters illustrate how to do comparative analysis using archeological data"--
Cusco : urbanism and archaeology in the Inka world by Ian S Farrington( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the archaeological data on the Inka capital of Cusco through the lens of urban planning
Tenochtitlan : capital of the Aztec empire by José Luis de Rojas( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An accessible overview of archaeological knowledge of the seat of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan
Ancient Maya cities of the Eastern Lowlands by Brett A Houk( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using field reports, data sets and "grey" literature on the many excavated sites, Houk provides a synthesis of archaeological data on the ancient cities of modern Belize for the Classical period and explores their urban planning and built environment. By examining the lowland cities, Houk's work offers balance to the literature on the entire Classic Maya polity
At home with the Aztecs : an archaeologist uncovers their daily life by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At Home with the Aztecs provides a fresh view of Aztec society, focusing on households and communities instead of kings, pyramids, and human sacrifice. This new approach offers an opportunity to humanize the Aztecs, moving past the popular stereotype of sacrificial maniacs to demonstrate that these were successful and prosperous communities. Michael Smith also engagingly describes the scientific, logistic and personal dimensions of archaeological fieldwork, drawing on decades of excavating experience and considering how his research was affected by his interaction with contemporary Mexican communities. Through first-hand accounts of the ways archaeologists interpret sites and artifacts, the book illuminates how the archaeological process can provide information about ancient families. Facilitating a richer understanding of the Aztec world, Smith's research also redefines success, prosperity and resilience in ancient societies, making this book suitable not only for those interested in the Aztecs but in the examination of complex societies in general."--Back cover
Aztec city-state capitals by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aztec City-State Capitals advances Mesoamerican scholarship by focusing attention on the urban centers outside the empire's capital of Tenochtitlan. Dozens of smaller cities were central hubs of political, economic, and religious life, integral to the grand infrastructure of the Aztec empire. Through this detailed examination, Michael E. Smith demonstrates the synchronicity of politics and urban design within the Aztec realm."--Jacket
Ten thousand years of inequality : the archaeology of wealth differences by Timothy A Kohler( )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is wealth inequality a universal feature of human societies, or did early peoples live an egalitarian existence? How did inequality develop before the modern era? Did inequalities in wealth increase as people settled into a way of life dominated by farming and herding? Why in general do such disparities increase, and how recent are the high levels of wealth inequality now experienced in many developed nations? How can archaeologists tell? Ten Thousand Years of Inequality addresses these and other questions by presenting the first set of consistent quantitative measurements of ancient wealth inequality. The authors are archaeologists who have adapted the Gini index, a statistical measure of wealth distribution often used by economists to measure contemporary inequality, and applied it to house-size distributions over time and around the world. Clear descriptions of methods and assumptions serve as a model for other archaeologists and historians who want to document past patterns of wealth disparity. The chapters cover a variety of ancient cases, including early hunter-gatherers, farmer villages, and agrarian states and empires. The final chapter synthesizes and compares the results. Among the new and notable outcomes, the authors report a systematic difference between higher levels of inequality in ancient Old World socities and lower levels in their New World counterparts. For the first time, archaeology allows humanity's deep past to provide an account of the early manifestations of wealth inequality around the world "--Inside jacket flap
Rethinking the Aztec economy by Deborah L Nichols( )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rethinking the Aztec Economy provides new perspectives on the society and economy of the ancient Aztecs by focusing on goods and their patterns of circulation"--Provided by publisher
The postclassic Mesoamerican world by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Economies and polities in the Aztec realm( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica : a reader by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient urban Maya : neighborhoods, inequality, and built form by Scott Hutson( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hutson examines the Mesoamerican lowland cities of the empire and asks, "Why did people choose to live in cities?" Offering a synthesis of previous research on Maya cities, Hutson describes the composition and attractions of these cities by examining the function of boundaries, agency, and the actors involved
Everyday life in the Aztec world by Frances F Berdan( Book )

1 edition published in 2021 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Daily Life of the Aztecs, Frances Berdan and Michael Smith offer a view into the lives of real people, doing very human things, in the unique cultural world of Aztec central Mexico. The first section focuses on people from an array of social classes - the emperor, a priest, a feather worker, a merchant, a farmer, and a slave - who interacted in the economic, social and religious realms of the Aztec world. In the second section, the authors examine four important life events where the lives of these and others intersected: the birth and naming of a child, market day, a day at court, and a battle. Throu\gh the microscopic views of individual types of lives, and interweaving of those lives into the broader Aztec world, Berdan and Smith recreate everyday life in the final years of the Aztec Empire"--
The Casma city of El Purgatorio : ancient urbanism in the Andes by Melissa A Vogel( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through analysis of the excavation sites and material culture of the major urban center of the Inka Casma polity, El Purgatorio, Vogel explores a transformative time in the pre-Hispanic Inka Empire
Archaeological research at Aztec-period rural sites in Morelos, Mexico = Investigaciones arqueológicas en sitios rurales de la época azteca en Morelos by Michael Ernest Smith( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The geoarchaeology of a terraced landscape : from Aztec Matlatzinco to modern Calixtlahuaca by Aleksander Borejsza( Book )

2 editions published in 2021 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This manuscript uses geoarchaeology and the study of landscapes to look at the agrarian history of a settlement in the Toluca Valley, central Mexico, from prehistoric to historic times. It is based on both survey and excavation data, plus geoarchaeological and archival research. It explores how social circumstance promotes the improvement or degradation of agricultural land prehistorically, then the impact of Spanish colonialism on these agrarian systems, and finally, how the long-term modification of these landscapes impacts the valley in post-colonial times"--
Artefactos domésticos de casas posclásicas en Cuexcomate y Capilco, Morelos( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is the second volume of the report on excavations at the Aztec-period sites of Cuexcomate and Capilco, carried out in 1986. This book is the first complete report of the entire range of artifacts excavated from Aztec domestic contexts. It is a descriptive report that focuses on the artifacts in addition to reporting the system of analysis and the artifact sampling program. Ceramics are described in two chapters, with tables on quantities of various types and attributes. One surprising result is the wide range of special ceramic forms present in domestic middens, including musical instruments, other ritual objects, and production-related objects. Chipped stone artifacts are covered; although several thousand pieces of obsidian were recovered, very few were manufactured at these sites. Ground-stone artifacts, metal objects and, finally, flora and fauna are also presented here
Excavaciones de casas en la ciudad azteca de Yautepec, Morelos, México( Book )

6 editions published in 2019 in Spanish and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a report on excavations at the Aztec-period site of Yautepec, in the Mexican state of Morelos. Excavations focused on domestic structures, particularly their architecture and associated rich midden deposits. Most residents lived in small ground-level houses built of adobe bricks, while elites lived in larger, raised compounds with more luxurious architecture. In addition to descriptions of the excavations, and a new detailed chronology, the volume includes detailed descriptions of ceramic vessels and objects, obsidian tools, ground-stone tools, and other materials. The results of chemical sourcing of ceramics, obsidian, and metal artifacts is also reported, as well as studies of human skeletal remains from burials. This report sheds light on patterns of inequality and social class, long-distance trade, and responses to Aztec conquest, at the level of the household. It is one of the most complete reports yet published on excavations at an Aztec-period site
Postclassic culture change in western Morelos, Mexico : the development and correlation of archaeological and ethnohistorical chronologies by Michael Ernest Smith( )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present work is a case study in archaeological chronology, showing how certain methods--nontypological ceramic analysis, quantitative seriation, and historical correlation--can advance our understanding of processes of political and economic evolution in an agrarian state society. The study is set in the central Mexican highlands during the Postclassic epoch, where the nature of cultural dynamics has been obscured by a lack of attention to chronology building and the resulting imprecision of existing archaeological sequences. The specific area analyzed is the western portion of the Mexican State of Morelos, a region where Postclassic archaeology has been particularly neglected
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The comparative archaeology of complex societiesCusco : urbanism and archaeology in the Inka worldTenochtitlan : capital of the Aztec empireAncient Maya cities of the Eastern LowlandsAt home with the Aztecs : an archaeologist uncovers their daily lifeAztec city-state capitalsTen thousand years of inequality : the archaeology of wealth differencesRethinking the Aztec economy
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Smith, Michael E.

Smith Michael E. 1953-....

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