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Cacao in Ancient Maya Religion: First Fruit from the Maize Tree and other Tales from the Underworld

Simon Martin

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/9780813029535.003.0008
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Ancient Maya, like other former agrarian societies of ancient times, had an abiding and intimate relationship with the natural world. Plants, trees, leaves, flowers, fruits, and roots were given a ... More


Flower Mountain Revealed: Innovation and Social Change in Ancient Societies

Markus Eberl

in War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056555
eISBN:
9780813053486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056555.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter questions how innovation can help us to understand social change. Current models of society emphasize structures and agency. Societies have structural properties in the form of virtual ... 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


Maya Cornucopia: Indigenous Food Plants of the Maya Lowlands

Scott L. Fedick

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/9780813066295.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Under an agricultural economy, the ancient Maya depended on plants for food. While most discussions of Maya subsistence focus on maize production, this study has undertaken an extensive review of the ... More


Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation

James John Aimers (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042367
eISBN:
9780813043487
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042367.001.0001
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

Pottery sherds are the most abundant artifacts recovered from ancient Maya sites. Analyzed correctly, they reveal much about artistic expression, religious ritual, economic systems, cooking ... 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


Commerce, Redistribution, Autarky, and Barter: The Multitiered Urban Economy of El Perú–Waka’, Guatemala

Keith Eppich

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/9780813066295.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter examines the material patterning of ceramic recovered from the ruin of the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’. The patterns from different household assemblages indicate shifting ... 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


Chert Resource Availability, Production, and Economic Logic: Case Studies from the Northwestern Petén, Guatemala, and Western Belize

Rachel A. Horowitz, Marcello Canuto, and Chloé Andrieu

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/9780813066295.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

At a basic level, the lowland Classic Maya economy was a complex web of prestige exchange, centralized distribution, and local market economies. While it is important not to consider the lowland ... More


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