List of archaeological periods (Mesoamerica)

The chronology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica is usually divided into the following eras:

Five Stage Classification

One of the most enduring classifications of archaeological periods & cultures was established in Gordon Willey and Philip Phillips' 1958 book "Method and Theory in American Archaeology." They divided the archaeological record in the Americas into 5 phases. These are:

*The Lithic stage
*The Archaic stage
*The Formative stage
*The Classic stage
*The Post-Classic stage

Tabular list


*cite book | author=Gordon R. Willey and Philip Phillips | title=Method and Theory in American Archaeology | publisher= University of Chicago Press| year=1957 | id=ISBN 0-226-89888-1

ee also

*List of archaeological periods - parent page
* Archaeological culture
* Archaeology of the Americas

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