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No reference template[edit]

The entire Mythology and World view section is unreferenced. In some sub-sections this is a very acute problem, eg human sacrifice, since at the moment it looks like speculative OR. This needs to be fixed as a matter of priority, and I have placed the appropriate template accordingly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Johncoz (talkcontribs) 03:08, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Alexcovarrubias and Middle America[edit]

Alexcovarrubias changes the link to Middle America (Americas) again. This is a reprition of the tedious editing dispute about whether Mexico is part of north America or not. We have an article about Middle America which states that it includes most of Mexico and an article about North America that states that Central America (including Middle and Mesoamerica)is part of North America. This makes it completely and utterly irrelevant whether one or the other term is used- but Middle Americas happens to give more information and sound less stupid than talking about "the piece of land connecting north and south america". This has nothing to do with Bias but about good writing and giving readers precise and well worded information. Please stop making this wording into a bizarre political crusade.·Maunus·ƛ· 08:07, 7 May 2010 (UTC)I've corrected this by 3 spelling errors, and adding "s" to America as "Americas" better means North South land masses linking sector.I also suggest today 13th June 2011 main page feature article claims The Norte Chico civilization was a complex Pre-Columbian society that included as many as 30 major population centers in what is now the Norte Chico region of north-central coastal Peru. It is the oldest known civilization in the Americas and one of the six sites where civilization separately originated in the ancient world. It flourished between the 30th century BC and the 18th century BC. Complex society in Norte Chico arose a millennium after Sumer in Mesopotamia, was contemporaneous with the Egyptian pyramids, and predated the Mesoamerican Olmec by nearly two millennia, needs adding by those experts editing this project, or some disclaimer.--Robbygay (talk) 01:49, 13 June 2011 (UTC)

It is not irrelevant the selection of the term. Why to use an obscure term such as "Middle America" (which, by the way, is broadly used to mean a particular region of the US) instead of North America? Selecting this obscure and rarely used term is a bias and a violation of Wikipedia policy Undue weight. AlexCovarrubias ( Talk? ) 12:25, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
Do you have any evidence to show that "North America" is more commonly used to describe the location of Mesoamerica than "Middle America"? Middle America is neither an obscure or rarely used term - for example it is common enough to have given name to the Standard Anthropologiocal Encyclopedia "Handbook of Middle American Indians" which covers all of the Indian cultures of MExico and Central America. Indians north of Mexico are coincidentally coverd in "Handbook of North American Indians". It is also used in book titles such as: [1], [2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]. Most of these explcitly distinguishy Middle America from North America and include Mesoamerica within Middle AMerica. If any of these wordings is non-standard it is to include Mesoamerica in North America. Show sources to support your claims or I will expect you to revert to the previous version.·Maunus·ƛ· 13:08, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
I confirm that, in all sources I read, Mesoamerica is always distinguished from pre-Columbian North America and associated to Central America : in english, in spanish and in french.
And it seems that the term Middle America is frequently used in publications about Mesoamerica.
El Comandante (talk) 16:50, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
yes, most of those sources describe Mesoamerica as a region within Middle America.·Maunus·ƛ· 17:00, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
The lack of response for over two weeks has now given me no choice but to revert to the previous version.·Maunus·ƛ· 10:41, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Too much emphasis on the Maya[edit]

Of the six photos of archaeological sites in the introduction, five depict Maya sites, and three depict classic period Maya sites. Would anyone object if I replaced the photos of Copan and Palenque with a Zapotec and Olmec site respectively? It might be good to present the diversity of the field. Snickeringshadow (talk) 12:21, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

It makes more sense to remove the phootos of Nakbé and Tazumal, imo.·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 15:01, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

Spelling[edit]

The vast majority of English language speakers in North America use American English. American English should be used for all Wikipedia articles related to North America, including Central America and the Caribbean, except as follows:

Yours aye,  Buaidh  17:47, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

And the point is?·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 19:43, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

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