Bridging the Gaps

Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico

A Volume in Memory of Bruce E. Byland

edited by Danny Zborover and Peter Kroefges

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"[This volume] espouses a perspective that expands traditional understandings of what falls in the realm of history and the lines of evidence that researchers can and should use. . . . an important contribution to historical and archaeological scholarship on Mesoamerica."

Latin American Antiquity

"[A]n excellent resource for stimulating theoretical discussion in advanced seminars on historiography or archaeological theory and practice. . . . worthy of a place on the bookshelf of any scholar of Oaxacan and wider Mesoamerican archaeology and history."

Sixteenth Century Journal 


Bridging the Gaps: Integrating Archaeology and History in Oaxaca, Mexico does just that: it bridges the gap between archaeology and history of the Precolumbian, Colonial, and Republican eras of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, a cultural area encompassing several of the longest-enduring literate societies in the world.

Fourteen case studies from an interdisciplinary group of archaeologists, anthropologists, ethnohistorians, and art historians consciously compare and contrast changes and continuities in material culture before and after the Spanish conquest, in Prehispanic and Colonial documents, and in oral traditions rooted in the present but reflecting upon the deep past. Contributors consider both indigenous and European perspectives while exposing and addressing the difficulties that arise from the application of this conjunctive approach.

Inspired by the late Dr. Bruce E. Byland’s work in the Mixteca, which exemplified the union of archaeological and historical evidence and inspired new generations of scholars, Bridging the Gaps promotes the practice of integrative studies to explore the complex intersections between social organization and political alliances, religion and sacred landscape, ethnic identity and mobility, colonialism and resistance, and territoriality and economic resources.

Contributors: Bruce E. Byland, Bas van Doesburg, Viola König, Peter Kroefges, Michael Lind, Carlos Rincón Mautner, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, Sharisse D. McCafferty, Liana I. Jiménez Osorio, John M. D. Pohl, Emmanuel Posselt Santoyo, Adam Sellen, Ronald Spores, Stephen L. Whittington, Andrew Workinger, Danny Zborover, Judith F. Zeitlin


Danny Zborover is a research associate at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Peter Kroefges is professor-researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

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  • Hardcover Price: $75.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-328-0
  • Ebook Price: $60.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $30.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-329-7
  • Publication Month: April
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Pages: 416
  • Illustrations: 120 figures
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Danny Zborover and Peter Kroefges
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-328-0
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