Prehispanic cultures in Mesoamerica

Our knowledge of prehispanic cultures in Mesoamerica comes from a variety of sources, including archaeological remains, ancient texts, and ethnographic observations. What are the advantages and limitations of each source, and how should scholars evaluate them to interpret the past?

Within Mesoamerica, what are some of the significant differences between the Aztecs (and their predecessors in the highlands) and the Maya (and their predecessors in the lowlands)?

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