chapter  1
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Rusty nails, stone walls, and a drum

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in this book. The book presents the work by other archaeologists who are trying to dismantle this and other erroneous stereotypes about the ancient civilizations. The kind of archaeology described in this book, a social approach focused on households and communities can uncover reliable information about past social patterns and processes. In this book the author have told the stories of three communities that lasted for many centuries while providing a high level of prosperity for their residents. Although the Aztec sites offer few pieces of direct advice to modern communities, a number of observations do have relevance for understanding the modern world. The fact that results from Aztec-period Morelos correspond to what is known about communities and cooperation in the modern world might sound strange at first. After all, the economic, technological, and political gaps between the Aztecs and the modern world are dramatic.