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Pathways to Complexity: A View from the Maya Lowlands

M. Kathryn Brown and George J. III Bey (eds)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780813054841
eISBN:
9780813053332
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054841.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Pathways to Complexity synthesizes a wealth of new archaeological data to illuminate the origins of Maya civilization and the rise of Classic Maya culture. In this volume, prominent Maya scholars ... 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


Conclusion: Charting the Pathways to Complexity in the Maya Lowlands

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/9780813054841.003.0016
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

In this concluding chapter, Brown and Bey summarize the contributions to the volume and provide an updated synthesis of the development of ancient Maya civilization from the Preceramic to the Middle ... More


Agriculture and Monumentality in the Soconusco Region of Chiapas, Mexico

Robert M. Rosenswig

in Early New World Monumentality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813038087
eISBN:
9780813043128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813038087.003.0005
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Using the site of Cuauhtémoc in the Soconusco as a starting point, I examine the earliest monumental architecture in Mesoamerica. In 1600 bce, Cuauhtémoc began an 800-year occupation as a local ... More


Early Olmec Wetland Mounds: Investing Energy to Produce Energy

Ann Cyphers and Judith Zurita-Noguera

in Early New World Monumentality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813038087
eISBN:
9780813043128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813038087.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter surveys specific types of early monumental constructions at the regional Olmec capital of San Lorenzo, Veracruz, and their temporal relationship to the evidence for social and economic ... More


The First Settlers on Chetumal Bay

Kathryn Reese-Taylor

in Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062792
eISBN:
9780813051758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062792.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Chapter 2 reviews recent data on the original settlement of the Chetumal Bay region. There is evidence for habitation in northern Belize during the Archaic and Preceramic periods on Progresso Lagoon ... More


Agricultural Practices at Chan: Farming and Political Economy In an Ancient Maya Community

Cynthia Robin

in Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813039831
eISBN:
9780813043753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813039831.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter explores the terrace agriculture and complex agricultural practices of Maya farmers at Chan. Stratigraphic excavations illustrate that terrace agriculture at Chan has a long history ... 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


A Discussion of Early Monumentality at Pacbitun, Belize

Terry G. Powis, George J. Micheletti, Jon Spenard, and Sheldon Skaggs

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/9780813066226.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

Powis and his colleagues have gathered significant information about the Middle Preclassic period at Pacbitun, data which speak to the broader subject of architectural monumentality. In Chapter 13, ... More


Economic Interactions and the Rise of Sociopolitical Complexity in the Maya Lowlands: A Perspective from the Mirador-Calakmul Basin

Richard D. Hansen, Edgar Suyuc, Stanley P. Guenter, Carlos Morales-Aguilar, Enrique Hernández, and Beatriz Balcárcel

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/9780813066295.003.0018
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

The development of economic systems in Mesoamerica has been a crucial link in the understanding of social, economic, and political structure of later polities. The evolution of Preclassic Maya states ... More


Archaeological Operations: Mounds, Plazas, and Features

Jonathan Kaplan and Federico Paredes Umaña

in Water, Cacao, and The Early Maya of Chocóla

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780813056746
eISBN:
9780813053615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056746.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Chapter 4 abstracts and summarizes the very copious field data from the three lengthy field seasons at Chocolá, including the specific evidence obtained about the very extensive water control system ... More


Where the Ancestors Live: Shrines and Their Meaning among the Classic Maya

Jon B. Hageman

in The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory, and Veneration

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813062518
eISBN:
9780813051154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062518.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter describes the creation of ancestors in imagery and changing burial patterns in Preclassic Maya farming villages. Referencing the large corpus of Maya art and epigraphy, the chapter ... More


Establishing the Cunil Ceramic Complex at Cahal Pech, Belize

Lauren A. Sullivan and Jaime J. Awe

in Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042367
eISBN:
9780813043487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042367.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Lauren Sullivan and Jaime Awe discuss the pottery of the earliest-known ceramic complex in the Maya region, Cunil, which they date from 1100 to 900 B.C. As the authors note, because these dates are ... More


Introduction

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/9780813044224.003.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter introduces the central issue of the book: How can we understand the political organization of the ancient Maya of the Classic period (A.D.250-950)? Rather than conceiving of Maya ... More


The Setting in Space and Time

Brett A. Houk, Marilyn A. Masson, Michael E. Smith, and John W. Janusek

in Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813060637
eISBN:
9780813050973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060637.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter is directed primarily at the non-Maya scholar reading this book; it provides summaries of the geography of the Maya area, Maya cultural history, and Classic period Maya political ... More


Preclassic Foundations

Brett A. Houk, Marilyn A. Masson, Michael E. Smith, and John W. Janusek

in Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813060637
eISBN:
9780813050973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060637.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Although the focus of this book is Classic period cities, the Preclassic developments in what is now Belize warrant discussion as they provided the basis for the architectural and planning ... More


Time to Rule: Celestial Observation and Appropriation among the Early Maya

William A. Saturno, Boris Beltrán, and Franco D. Rossi

in Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054353
eISBN:
9780813053226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054353.003.0010
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter presents an archaeology of the Las Pinturas complex at the site of San Bartolo, Guatemala, where recent excavations have revealed three well-known architectural forms overlaid in close ... More


E Groups and Ancestors: The Sunrise of Complexity at Xunantunich, Belize

M. Kathryn Brown

in Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054353
eISBN:
9780813053226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054353.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Over time, E Groups come to have a funerary function housing burials of important ancestors. Using the data recovered from the Preclassic Period (1000 BCE-250 CE) E Group at the site of Xunantunich ... More


Founding Landscapes in the Central Karstic Uplands

Kathryn Reese-Taylor

in Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780813054353
eISBN:
9780813053226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054353.003.0015
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

In order to fully understand E Groups, they must be considered within the broader landscapes of the Preclassic (1000 BCE-CE 250). At Yaxnohcah, the E Group lies in the center of a vast dispersed ... More


The Cunil Complex: Early Villages in Belize

Lauren A. Sullivan, Jaime J. Awe, and M. Kathryn Brown

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/9780813054841.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter provides an overview of recent data pertaining to the first settled villages in the Belize River valley. The authors highlight the known Preceramic data from the region and suggest that ... More


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