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True People, Foreigners, and the Framing of Maya Morality

Andrew K. Scherer, Charles Golden, and Stephen houston

in Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056005
eISBN:
9780813053783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056005.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter explores ancient Maya understandings of identity, belonging, how they defined themselves, and how they contrasted that against people who they perceived as foreign or “other.” The essay ... More


The Use and Representation of Cacao During the Classic Period at Copan, Honduras

Cameron L. McNeil, W. Jeffrey Hurst, and Robert J. Sharer

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/9780813029535.003.0011
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter discusses the use and representation of cacao in Copan, Honduras, during the Classic period. Cacao in Copan, Honduras, played a significant role in rituals. In the mountains of the Copan ... More


Isotopes, Dental Morphology, and Human Provenience at the Maya Site of Yaxuná, Yucatán, Mexico: Mobility, Interaction, and Ethnicity

T. Douglas Price and Travis W. Stanton

Andrea Cucina (ed.)

in Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813056005
eISBN:
9780813053783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056005.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Chapter 4 addresses the issue of human migration and mobility at the Classic period Maya site of Yaxuná, Yucatán, Mexico, located in the Maya northern lowlands, from the combined lens of ... 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


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


Killing the “Kings of Stone”: The Defacement of Classic Maya Monuments

Eleanor Harrison-Buck

in Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062754
eISBN:
9780813051178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062754.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

David Stuart (1996) argues that monuments depicting Maya kings were not just elite portraits, but extensions of the royal self-engaged in ongoing ritual performance. These “kings of stone” were ... More


Formative to Classic in Central Mexico

David M. Carballo

in Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190251062
eISBN:
9780190251086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251062.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

The chapter provides a broad synthesis of over one millennia of central Mexican prehistory spanning the Formative and Classic periods, with particular focus on the later Formative (ca. 600 BC—AD 100) ... More


The Life and Afterlife of the Classic Period Piedras Negras Kingdom

Charles Golden, Andrew K. Scherer, Melanie Kingsley, Stephen D. Houston, and Héctor Escobedo

in Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062754
eISBN:
9780813051178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062754.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter seeks the causes and forms of political collapse at the royal Maya center of Piedras Negras, Guatemala by reconnecting the community of the Terminal Classic period (c. AD 800–900) with ... 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


Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

Brett A. Houk

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813060637
eISBN:
9780813050973
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060637.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Within a challenging tropical environment, a remarkable urban tradition developed and flourished as an element of ancient Maya culture. This book is about the cities of the eastern lowlands, a small ... More


Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context: Production, Use, and Meaning in the Ulúa Valley

Jeanne Lopiparo and Julia A. Hendon

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/9780813033303.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

A wide collection of ceramic figural artifacts were found during the excavations held at the northwestern Honduras' lower Ulúa valley at five Late to Terminal Classic period sites. To be able to ... More


Salt-Production Equipment

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/9780813025117.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter discusses salt-production equipment prevalent in Punta Ycacos salt production sites during the Late Classic period. In this chapter, the artifacts discovered at Punta Ycacos are ... More


Caracol’s Impact on the Landscape of the Classic Period Maya: Urbanism and Complex Interaction in a Tropical Environment

Diane Z. Chase, Arlen F. Chase, and Adrian S. Z. Chase

in Approaches to Monumental Landscapes of the Ancient Maya

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780813066226
eISBN:
9780813058375
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066226.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

Diane Chase and colleagues discuss one of the largest Classic-period Maya sites that ever existed, Caracol, Belize, in Chapter 6. Using over 30 years of data from the site, the authors examine four ... More


Rural Economies of Agrarian Houselots before and after the Rise of Urban Mayapán

Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, Timothy S. Hare, Bradley W. Russell, Pedro Delgado Kú, Bárbara Escamilla Ojeda, and Luis Flores Cobá

in The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers' Fields to Rulers' Realms

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066295
eISBN:
9780813058436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066295.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Chapter 5 examines eight rural houselots, homes of farmers, in the vicinity of the Postclassic Maya capital city of Mayapán, Yucatán. Four houselots date to the Terminal Classic Period, when the area ... More


The Ancient Maya Economic Landscape of Caracol, Belize

Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase

in The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers' Fields to Rulers' Realms

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066295
eISBN:
9780813058436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066295.003.0008
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The economies of the ancient Maya did not exist in vacuums; rather they were interconnected to each other. This chapter details the way in which one of these economies functioned during the Late ... More


The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers' Fields to Rulers' Realms

Marilyn A. Masson, David A. Freidel, and Arthur A. Demarest (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066295
eISBN:
9780813058436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066295.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

A timely synthesis of the latest research and perspectives on ancient Maya economics, this volume illuminates the sophistication and intricacy of economic systems in the Preclassic period, Classic ... More


Large-Scale Production of Basic Commodities at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros, Guatemala: Implications for Ancient Maya Political Economy

Brent K. S. Woodfill

in The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers' Fields to Rulers' Realms

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066295
eISBN:
9780813058436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066295.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Salinas de los Nueve Cerros is a major Pre-Columbian Maya city that grew around the only non-coastal salt source in the Maya lowlands. Residents of the city were able to transform the neighborhoods ... More


Modeling Maya Markets

Eleanor M. King

in The Real Business of Ancient Maya Economies: From Farmers’ Fields to Rulers’ Realms

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813066295
eISBN:
9780813058436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066295.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

An abundance of data now supports the existence—long doubted—of markets in the Maya area in the Classic period (C.E. 250–900) and their economic importance. Why, however, did it take so long for Maya ... More


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