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Selected Sources on Ancient Mesoamerica

This guide offers just of few of the resources available to help you begin researching topics related to Ancient Mesoamerica.

Many thanks to Reza Peigahi, Anthropology Librarian at Sacramento State University Library, who created and generously shared this guide with Tutt Library. The Internet Resources page was designed by Diane McDonnell at CSUS.

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Credo Reference


Credo Reference is a large collection of online reference sources that includes conceptual mapping, topic pages and article links.


General Reference Sources

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American Indians - Harvey Markowitz consulting editor
Call Number: Reference E76.2 .A45 1995
The three volumes of the American Indians cover the native people of North America and Mexico.

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The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas - Bruce G. Trigger, et al.
Call Number: Reference E77 .N62 1996 v.2 pt.1 and E 77 .N62 1996 v.2 pt. 2
Volume 2, parts one and two deal specifically with the peoples of Mesoamerica.

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Handbook of Middle American Indians - Robert Wauchope, general editor
Call Number: Reference F1434 .H3
The sixteen volumes of the Handbook of Middle American Indians is the major source on the peoples, geography, archaeology, and ethnology of mesoamerica.

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Handbook of Middle American Indians - Supplement - Victoria Reifler Bricker, general editor
Call Number: Reference F1434 .H3 suppl
The six volume supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America - David Carrasco, editor in chief
Call Number: Reference F1218.6 .O95 2001
A useful three-volume set on ancient Mesoamerica

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