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Internal Dynamics, Bureaucracy, and Political Centralization: The Middle Scale of Political Analysis

Antonia E. Foias

in Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044224
eISBN:
9780813046488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044224.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Shifting focus to the middle scale of political analysis, this chapter explores the nature of the internal political administration of Maya polities, and the institutions that support it (the ... More


Salt as a Maya Trade Good

Heather Mckillop

in Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813025117
eISBN:
9780813039497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813025117.003.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Salt is basic to daily human existence, however, in the southern Maya lowlands of Guatemala and Belize, salt was scarce. The prevailing theory suggests that salt was imported from the northern part ... More


Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya

Heather McKillop

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813025117
eISBN:
9780813039497
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813025117.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This book reports the discovery, excavation, and interpretation of Late Classic Maya salt works on the coast of Belize, transforming our knowledge of the Maya salt trade and craft specialization ... More


The Flow and Use of Power: The Micro Scale of Political Analysis

Antonia E. Foias

in Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044224
eISBN:
9780813046488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044224.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter focuses on the microscale of political analysis by considering how individuals, households, factions, power blocs, and communities participate in the politics of the Classic period. The ... More


Reconstructing Classic Maya Polities: The Macro Scale of Political Analysis

Antonia E. Foias

in Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044224
eISBN:
9780813046488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044224.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter presents the different sources of data used by Maya archaeologists to reconstruct ancient politics at the macroscale or polity and inter-polity level: settlement patterns, epigraphy, and ... More


The Beautiful, the Bad, and the Ugly: Aesthetics and Morality in Maya Figurines

Rhonda Taube and Karl Taube

in Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033303
eISBN:
9780813039350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033303.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

While the notion of aesthetics in European philosophy accounts for a branch of metaphysics that encompasses the laws of refined visual taste, these are comparable to Maya notions of visually pleasing ... More


Women in Classic Maya Royal Courts

Takeshi Inomata

in Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520254435
eISBN:
9780520941519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254435.003.0002
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

Archaeologists and students working at the Classic Maya site of Aguateca in the rain forest of Guatemala unearthed objects that Classic Maya courtiers made and used, perhaps left behind because an ... More


AD 750–1100 Climate Change and Critical Transitions in Classic Maya Sociopolitical Networks

Douglas J. Kennett and David A. Hodell

in Megadrought and Collapse: From Early Agriculture to Angkor

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199329199
eISBN:
9780190607920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329199.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

Multiple palaeoclimatic reconstructions point to a succession of major droughts in the Maya Lowlands between AD 750 and 1100 superimposed on a regional drying trend that itself was marked by ... More


The Language of Chocolate: References to Cacao on Classic Maya Drinking Vessels

David Stuart

in Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813029535
eISBN:
9780813039503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813029535.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The importance of cacao in Classic Maya was often overlooked before the decipherment of glyphic texts seen on ceramics in 1980. The discovery of the meaning of the texts led to the conclusion that ... More


Salt Production and Sea-Level Rise

Heather Mckillop

in Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813025117
eISBN:
9780813039497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813025117.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter examines the impact of the rise of the sea-level on the civilization especially on the salt production and salt works of Punta Ycacos during the Late Classic Maya period. The discovery ... More


Politics and Economics: Theoretical Perspectives of the Motul de San José Project

Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery

in Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter by Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery introduces the theoretical debates within which the archaeological and ecological research of the Motul de San José Project was conducted between ... More


The Social Context of Kakaw Drinking Among of the Ancient Maya

Dorie Reents-Budet (ed.)

in Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813029535
eISBN:
9780813039503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813029535.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter discusses the social context that surrounded cacao drinking during the ancient Maya period. Cacao was both prized delicious food and a repository of financial strength in the Classic ... More


Conclusions: Toward an Archaeology of Power

Antonia E. Foias

in Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044224
eISBN:
9780813046488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044224.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This concluding chapter reassesses the state of knowledge on Classic Maya political structure and dynamics. It also argues that by pulling together all sources of political data from the macroscale ... More


Architecture, Volumetrics, and Social Stratification at Motul de San José during the Late and Terminal Classic

Antonia E. Foias, Christina T. Halperin, Ellen Spensley Moriarty, and Jeanette Castellanos

in Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter by Antonia E. Foias, Christina T. Halperin, Ellen Spensley Moriarty, and Jeanette Castellanos explores the stratification of social, economic, and political power in the epicenter of ... More


Introduction

M. Kathryn Brown and George J. Bey III

in Pathways to Complexity: A View from the Maya Lowlands

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813054841
eISBN:
9780813053332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054841.003.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This introduction to the edited volume by Brown and Bey summarizes past research on the Preclassic Maya and discusses an explosion of new information from the last fifteen years pushing back the ... More


Animal Resource Use and Exchange at an Inland Maya Port: Zooarchaeological Investigations at Trinidad de Nosotros

Erin Kennedy Thornton

in Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Analysis of archaeological animal remains from the subsidiary inland port of Trinidad de Nosotros documents how animals were used as dietary, raw material, ritual, and prestige goods from Preclassic ... More


History, Politics, and Ceramics: The Ceramic Sequence of Trinidad de Nosotros, El Petén, Guatemala

Matthew D. Moriarty

in Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The last decades of the seventh century AD witnessed a dramatic upheaval in the structure and organization of lowland Maya politics, including Tikal's return to prominence. Recent investigations by ... More


Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Antonia E. Foias

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044224
eISBN:
9780813046488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044224.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This book is meant to show how archaeologists worldwide understand and reconstruct ancient political systems, and more specifically, how Maya archaeologists have reconstructed political power, ... More


Lords of Windy Water: The Royal Court of Motul de San José in Classic Maya Inscriptions

Alexandre Tokovinine and Marc Zender

in Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter by Alexandre Tokovinine and Marc Zenderreconstructs the dynastic sequence of 8 or 9 rulers of Motul de San José from the beginning of the Late Classic (A.D. 600-830) through the Terminal ... More


Motul de San José: Politics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity

Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emergy (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780813041902
eISBN:
9780813043425
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813041902.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This edited volume considers the interrelationships between political and economic power during the apogee of Maya civilization in the first millennium A.D. at the center of Motul de San José in ... More


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