Publications

  • Anthony F. Aveni, Conversations with Anthony Aveni: Archaeoastronomy and the History of Religions, ed. David Carrasco et al., Working Paper of the Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (Boulder: University of Colorado, 1985)
  • Waiting for the Dawn: Mircea Eliade in Perspective, ed. Davíd Carrasco and Jane Marie Law, (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1985)
  • Johanna Broda, Davíd Carrasco, and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan: Center and Periphery in the Aztec World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987)
  • The Imagination of Matter: Religion and Ecology in Mesoamerican Traditions, ed. Davíd Carrasco, British Archaeological Reports, International Series, 515 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 1989)
  • To Change Place: Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes, ed. Davíd Carrasco (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1991)
  • Waiting for the Dawn: Mircea Eliade in Perspective, ed. Davíd Carrasco and Jane Marie Law, rev. ed. (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1991)
  • David Carrasco and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, with Anthony F. Aveni and Elizabeth Hill Boone, Moctezuma’s Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World, asst. ed. Scott Sessions (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1992)
  • Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes, ed. Davíd Carrasco (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 1999)
  • Mesoamerica’s Classic Heritage: From Teotihuacan to the Aztecs, ed. Davíd Carrasco, Lindsay Jones, and Scott Sessions (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000)
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, ed. Davíd Carrasco, 3 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • David Carrasco and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, with Anthony F. Aveni and Elizabeth Hill Boone, Moctezuma’s Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World, asst. ed. Scott Sessions, rev. ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2003)
  • Leonardo López Luján, La Casa de las Águilas: Un ejemplo de la arquitectura religiosa de Tenochtitlan, 2 vols. (Mexico City: Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project, Harvard University, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2006)

  • Cave, City, and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2, ed. Davíd Carrasco and Scott Sessions (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007)
  • Cueva, ciudad y nido de águila: Una travesía interpretativa por el Mapa de Cuauhtinchan núm. 2, ed. Davíd Carrasco and Scott Sessions (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2010)

Mesoamerican Worlds: From the Olmecs to the Danzantes (University Press of Colorado)

  • Leonardo López Luján, The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan (1994)
  • Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Life and Death in the Templo Mayor (1995)
  • Lindsay Jones, Twin City Tales: A Hermeneutical Reassessment of Tula and Chichén Itzá (1995)
  • Georges Baudot, Utopia and History in Mexico: The First Chroniclers of Mexican Civilization, 1520–1569, trans. Thelma and Bernard Ortiz de Montellano (1995)
  • Alfredo López Austin, Tamoanchan, Tlalocan: Places of Mist (1997)
  • Philip P. Arnold, Eating Landscape: Aztec and European Occupation of Tlalocan (1999)
  • Marilyn A. Masson, In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at Laguna de On, Belize (2002)
  • H. B. Nicholson, Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs (2001)
  • Representing Aztec Ritual: Performance, Text, and Image in the Work of Sahagún, ed. Eloise Quiñones Keber (2002)
  • Alba Guadalupe Mastache de Escobar, Ancient Tollan: Tula and the Toltec Heartland (2002)
  • Anthony Aveni, Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures (2002)
  • Guilhem Olivier, Mockeries and Metamorphoses of an Aztec God: Tezcatlipoca,Lord of the Smoking Mirror,” trans. Michel Besson (2003)
  • The Madrid Codex: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript, ed. Gabrielle Vail and Anthony Aveni (2004)
  • Jacques Galinier, The World Below: Body and Cosmos in Otomí Indian Ritual (2004)
  • Anath Ariel de Vidas, Thunder Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: The Culture of Marginality among the Teeneks of Tantoyuca, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (2004)
  • Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context, ed. Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady (2005)
  • The Social Experience of Childhood in Mesoamerica, ed. Traci Ardren and Scott R. Hutson (2006)
  • Skywatching in the Ancient World: New Perspectives in Cultural Astronomy: Studies in Honor of Anthony F. Aveni, ed. Clive Ruggles and Gary Urton (2007)
  • Rabinal Achi: A Fifteenth-Century Maya Dynastic Drama, ed. Alain Breton, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan and Robert Schneider (2007)
  • Mesoamerican Ritual Economy: Archaeological and Ethnological Perspectives, ed. E. Christian Wells and Karla L. Davis-Salazar (2007)
  • Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez, Encounter with the Plumed Serpent: Drama and Power in the Heart of Mesoamerica (2007)
  • Commoner Ritual and Ideology in Ancient Mesoamerica, ed. Nancy Gonlin and Jon C. Lohse (2007)
  • Gerardo Aldana, The Apotheosis of Janaab’ Pakal: Science, History, and Religion at Classic Maya Palenque (2007)
  • Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands, ed. Travis W. Stanton and Aline Magnoni (2008)
  • Invasion and Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Conquest of Mexico, ed. Rebecca P. Brienen and Margaret A. Jackson (2008)
  • Florine Asselbergs, Conquered Conquistadors: The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan: A Nahua Vision of the Conquest of Guatemala (2008)
  • Dean E. Arnold, Social Change and the Evolution of Ceramic Production and Distribution in a Maya Community (2008)
  • After Monte Albán: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico, ed. Jeffrey P. Blomster (2008)
  • John M. Weeks, Frauke Sachse, and Christian M. Prager, Maya Daykeeping: Three Calendars from Highland Guatemala (2009)
  • Guy Stresser-Péan, The Sun God and the Savior: The Christianization of the Nahua and Totonac in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico (2009)
  • Susanna Rostas, Carrying the Word: The Concheros Dance in Mexico City (2009)
  • Maya Worldviews at Conquest, ed. Leslie G. Cecil and Timothy W. Pugh (2009)
  • The Kowoj: Identity, Migration, and Geopolitics in Late Postclassic Petén, Guatemala, ed. Prudence M. Rice and Don S. Rice (2009)
  • Catherine R. DiCesare, Sweeping the Way: Divine Transformation in the Aztec Festival of Ochpaniztli (2009)
  • Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, Mexico’s Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500–2010, trans. Russ Davidson (2010)
  • Negotiation within Domination, ed. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano and Susan Kellogg (2010)
  • Michael Lind and Javier Urcid, The Lords of Lambityeco: Political Evolution in the Valley of Oaxaca during the Xoo Phase (2010)
  • Timothy W. Knowlton, Maya Creation Myths: Words and Worlds of the Chilam Balam (2010)
  • Edward Schortman and Patricia Urban, Networks of Power: Political Relations in the Late Postclassic Naco Valley, Honduras (2011)
  • Fanning the Sacred Flame: Mesoamerican Studies in Honor of H. B. Nicholson, ed. Matthew A. Boxt and Brian Dervin Dillon (2012).

Religions of the Americas (University of New Mexico Press)

  • William B. Taylor, Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico before the Reforma (2010)
  • William B. Taylor, Marvels and Miracles in Late Colonial Mexico: Three Texts in Context (2011)
The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan

The Offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan

Between 1325 and 1521, the Mexica people of the Aztec capital ritually buried hundreds of offerings to their gods in the depths of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, where for more than five hundred years these gifts lay undiscovered. In complex religious ceremonies, sacred messages to the gods were expressed not only through these objects but through their exact and symbolic placement as well.

The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan: Center and Periphery in the Aztec World

The Great Temple of Tenochtitlan: Center and Periphery in the Aztec World

The remains of the great double pyramid of Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire, came to light during the spectacular excavation project undertaken by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia from 1978 to 1982. This volume offers three views of the Templo Mayor as the quintessential sacred space within the Aztec empire, presented in a collaborative effort by an archaeologist, an ethnohistorian, and a historian of religion.

Moctezuma’s Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World

Updated with a new chapter by Davíd Carrasco describing how the Aztec world has been re-imagined by modern Mexican American communities and Chicano scholars, Moctezuma’s Mexico is a lavishly illustrated volume that provides an in-depth historical profile of the Aztec empire on the eve of its fateful encounter with the Europeans. Beginning with an exploration of Aztec history and cosmovision, the authors and two other prominent scholars—Anthony Aveni and Elizabeth Hill Boone—examine Aztec ceremonies, astronomy, myths, rhetoric, and moral philosophy, as well as controversies in recent Aztec scholarship using poetry, sculpture, painting, and the archaeological record. With nearly 150 full-color illustrations, Moctezuma’s Mexico is an important and handsome book that will appeal to scholars and students of Mexico’s indigenous past.

Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes

Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes provides a pregnant opportunity to integrate specific Mesoamerican materials into the wider discussions of major theoretical issues in the general and comparative history of religions.”

History of Religions

Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: Teotihuacán to the Aztecs

Mesoamerica’s Classic Heritage: Teotihuacan to the Aztecs

For more than a millennium the great Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan (c. 1–550 CE) has been imagined and reimagined by a host of subsequent cultures including our own. Mesoamerica’s Classic Heritage engages the subject of the unity and diversity of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica by focusing on the classic heritage of this ancient city. This new volume is the product of several years of research by members of Princeton University’s Moses Mesoamerican Archive. . . .

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures

  • 2001 Library Journal Best Reference Source
  • 2001 Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • 2001 New York Public Library Best Reference
  • 2001 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures is the first comprehensive reference source to chronicle pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America. With more than 600 articles, it is invaluable for those interested in the rich heritage of this land. Encompassing the great civilizations of the pre-Columbian era (including the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya peoples) . . .

Cave, City, and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2

  • 2008 PubWest Book Design Award
    Academic Book/Nontrade Category

Cave, City, And Eagle’s Nest is the culmination of an international research project and series of conferences, organized by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, focused on the sixteenth-century pictorial manuscript known as the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2. Painted on bark paper and measuring 109 x 204 centimeters, this extraordinary document contains over seven hundred images and symbols relating the story of the emergence of ancestors at Chicomoztoc (Place of Seven Caves), their migration to the sacred city of Cholula, their foundation and settlement of Cuauhtinchan (Place of the Eagle’s Nest), their community’s history and claim over the surrounding landscape, and many other occurrences along the way. . . .

Cueva, ciudad y nido de águila: Una travesía interpretativa por el Mapa de Cuauhtinchan núm. 2

Cueva, ciudad y nido de águila es la culminación de un proyecto internacional de investigaciones y una serie de reuniones organizadas por el Moses Mesoamerican Archive y centradas en el manuscrito pictórico del siglo XVI llamado el Mapa de Cuauhtinchan núm. 2. Pintado sobre un soporte de papel de amate que mide 109 x 204 centímetros, este documento extraordinario contiene más de setecientas imágenes y símbolos que relatan la historia del surgimiento de los ancestros en Chicomoztoc, su migración a la ciudad sagrada de Cholula, su fundación y asentamiento de Cuauhtinchan, la historia de de su pueblo y sus reclamaciones sobre el paisaje circundante, y muchos otros sucesos a lo largo del camino. . . .

Waiting For The Dawn

Waiting for the Dawn: Mircea Eliade in Perspective

First published in 1985, Waiting for the Dawn is the result of a year-long interdisciplinary study of Mircea Eliade’s scholarly, literary, and autobiographical works which took place at the University of Colorado in 1982. With a new preface by Davíd Carrasco that takes into account recent developments in Eliade scholarship, this important work is now back in print at a time of renewed interest in Eliade thanks to Francis Ford Coppola’s screen adaptation, Youth without Youth (2007).

Life and Death in the Templo Mayor

Life and Death in the Templo Mayor

The great temple known as the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan symbolizes the axis mundi, the Aztec center of the world, where the sky, the earth, and the underworld met. In this volume, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma uses his unmatched familiarity with the archaeological details to present a concise and well-supported development of this theme. . . .

Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs

Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs

H. B. Nicholson’s Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs is the most comprehensive survey and discussion of primary documentary sources and relevant archaeological evidence available about the most enigmatic figure of ancient Mesoamerica. Probably no indigenous New World personage has aroused more interest or more controversy than this Lord of Tollan, capital of the Toltec Empire, who was merged with the prominent Feathered Serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. . . .