In the classification of Archaeological cultures of North America, the Post-Classic Stage is a archaeological term applied to theoretical North and Meso-American societies that existed between 1200 CE and local contact with Europeans. This stage is the fifth of five stages posited by Gordon Willey and Philip Phillips' 1958 book Method and Theory in American Archaeology.
Cultures of the Post-Classic Stage are defined distinctly by possessing developed metallurgy. Social organization is supposed to involve complex urbanism and militarism. Ideologically, Post-Classic cultures are described as showing a tendency towards the secularization of society.
The "Post-Classic Stage" followed the Classic stage and typically dates from AD 1200 to modern times.
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