Use encyclopedias listed on this page to track down expert-generated sources of background information about any Mesoamerican topic. Scholarly encyclopedia articles help researchers to contextualize their topics and in turn to begin asking the right questions.
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The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas consists of three volumes, each split into two parts.
Vol. 2, Part 1 of this work incorporates several important chapters that survey the major ethnic groups of ancient Mesoamerica. The survey is broadly divided into a discussion of the Mesoamerican Highlands, i.e. Cuicuilco, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Tula, Mixteca, Maya Highlands, and the Aztec heartland; and the Mesoamerican Lowlands, i.e. Olmec and the Gulf Coast, Maya Lowlands, West Coast, and the Southeast Frontier. This important reference work in many ways compares favorably with the venerable Handbook of Middle American Indians.