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Scholars have long debated the nature of Maya political organization during the Classic period (AD 250-950). Complex questions regarding political centralization, economic change, and the role of politics and economics in the rise and collapse of the civilization have been examined and reexamined from a variety of perspectives. Antonia Foias and Kitty Emery have assembled a broad collection of essays all focused on a single polity, that of Motul de San José.

By presenting a coherent interdisciplinary body of archaeological and environmental data, the volume offers an intensely deep, focused investigation of the various models of the ancient Maya political and economic systems. Research conducted over six seasons of fieldwork reveals a more centralized political system than expected and uncovers the workings of the ancient economic structure. The contributors offer new details concerning how involved royals and nonroyal elites were in the politics of nearby states, as well as an extensive tribute system.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Politics and Economics: Theoretical Perspectives of the Motul de San José Project
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 2. Lords of Windy Water: The Royal Court of Motul de San José in Classic Maya Inscriptions
  2. pp. 30-66
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  1. 3. Identity and Interaction: Ceramic Styles and Social History of the Ik’ Polity, Guatemala
  2. pp. 67-93
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  1. 4. Architecture, Volumetrics, and Social Stratification at Motul de San José during the Late and Terminal Classic
  2. pp. 94-138
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  1. 5. Figurine Economies at Motul de San José: Multiple and Shifting Modes of Valuation
  2. pp. 139-166
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  1. 6. Motul de San José Palace Pottery Production: Reconstructions from Wasters and Debris
  2. pp. 167-193
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  1. 7. History, Politics, and Ceramics: The Ceramic Sequence of Trinidad de Nosotros, El Petén, Guatemala
  2. pp. 194-228
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  1. 8. Wealth, Status, and Stucco: Micromorphology Studies at Trinidad, a Secondary Center in the Motul de San José Periphery
  2. pp. 229-249
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  1. 9. Akte: Settlement, Chronology, and Monuments at the Minor Ceremonial Center Akte in the Motul de San José Periphery
  2. pp. 250-274
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  1. 10. Preliminary Investigations in Macro- and Microbotany at Motul de San José
  2. pp. 275-290
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  1. 11. The Motul de San José Animals in an Economic Perspective
  2. pp. 291-325
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  1. 12. Animal Resource Use and Exchange at an Inland Maya Port: Zooarchaeological Investigations at Trinidad de Nosotros
  2. pp. 326-356
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  1. 13. In Search of Markets and Fields: Soil Chemical Investigations at Motul de San José
  2. pp. 357-385
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  1. 14. Stable Carbon Isotope Evidence of Ancient Maize Cultivation on the Soils of Motul de San José
  2. pp. 386-400
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  1. 15. Landscape, Economies, and the Politics of Power in the Motul de San José Polity
  2. pp. 401-418
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  1. 16. Control without Controlling: Motul de San José and Its Environs from an Outsider’s Perspective
  2. pp. 419-430
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 431-441
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 443-518
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 519-522
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 523-535
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  1. Further Reading
  2. p. 537
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813042510
Related ISBN
9780813041902
MARC Record
OCLC
817905206
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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