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2910 - THE COLLAPSE SOCIETIES: THE TRANSITION FROM CLASSIC TO EPICLASSIC IN TEOTIHUACAN (550-650 AD)

The collapse of Teotihuacan is one of the most important events in Mesoamerican archaeology as it marks a cultural and sociopolitical change in this extensive territory. It is therefore a very popular subject among researchers, who have put forward a number of different reasons to explain why it collapsed. Rather than looking for the reasons behind the great crisis that befell this culture, this paper focuses on the sociopolitical. This paper deals with the collapse of the Teotihuacan culture and its reconfiguration as a new Mesoamerican order. Bearing in mind that Teotihuacan led the cultural development of much of the Mexican Altiplano and had a wide sphere of influence covering other contemporary Mesoamerican cultures, its collapse had a marked effect on the subsequent development of this cultural area. In addition, much of the process of cultural development during the Classic period in Mesoamerica has been obtained from our knowledge of this great culture. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that it is a well-known subject accepted by Mesoamericanists, I feel that the collapse of Teotihuacan culture has not been studied to the same extent as other issues relating to its origin and consolidation.

Palavras-chaves: COLLAPSE, TRANSITION SOCIETIES, TtEOTIHUACAN

Autores: MORAGAS SEGURA, NATALIA (UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, Spain / Spanien)

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