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Before the Volcano Erupted
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On an August evening around AD 600, residents of the Cerén village in the Zapotitán Valley of what is now El Salvador were sitting down to their nightly meal when ground tremors and loud steam emissions warned of an impending volcanic eruption. The villagers fled, leaving their town to be buried under five meters of volcanic ash and forgotten until a bulldozer uncovered evidence of the extraordinarily preserved town in 1976. The most intact Precolumbian village in Latin America, Cerén has been called the "Pompeii of the New World." This book and its accompanying CD-ROM and website (ceren.colorado.edu) present complete and detailed reports of the excavations carried out at Cerén since 1978 by a multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, ethnographers, volcanologists, geophysicists, botanists, conservators, and others. The book is divided into sections that discuss the physical environment and resources, household structures and economy, special buildings and their uses, artifact analysis, and topical and theoretical issues. As the authors present and analyze Cerén’s houses and their goods, workshops, civic and religious buildings, kitchen gardens, planted fields, and garbage dumps, a new and much clearer picture of how commoners lived during the Maya Classic Period emerges. These findings constitute landmark contributions to the anthropology and archaeology of Central America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. ix
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. p. 1
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  1. PART ONE: Multidisciplinary Research
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Chapter 2: Volcanology, Stratigraphy, and Effects on Structures
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. Chapter 3: Geophysical Exploration at Cer
  2. pp. 24-32
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  1. Chapter 4: Cer
  2. pp. 33-42
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  1. PART TWO: Household Archaeology
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Chapter 5: Ancient Home and Garden: The View from Household 1 at Cer
  2. pp. 45-57
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  1. Chapter 6 Household 2 at Cer
  2. pp. 58-71
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  1. Chapter 7: Structure 16: The Kitchen of Household 3
  2. pp. 72-73
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  1. Chapter 8: Structure 4: A Storehouse-Workshop for Household 4
  2. pp. 74-80
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  1. PART THREE: Special Buildings
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Chapter 9: The Civic Complex
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. Chapter 10: Structure 9: A Precolumbian Sweat Bath at Cer
  2. pp. 89-96
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  1. Chapter 11: Structure 10: Feasting and Village Festivals
  2. pp. 97-103
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  1. Chapter 12: Divination at Cer
  2. pp. 104-114
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  1. PART FOUR: Artifacts
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Chapter 13: Ceramics and Their Use at Cer
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. Chapter 14: The Chipped Stone Artifacts of Cer
  2. pp. 139-144
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  1. Chapter 15: Groundstone Artifacts in the Cer
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. Chapter 16: Household and Community Animal Use at Cer
  2. pp. 151-158
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  1. Chapter 17: Artifacts Made from Plant Materials
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. PART FIVE: Topics and Issues of Cer
  2. pp. 167-168
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  1. Chapter 18 The Conservation Program at Cer
  2. pp. 169-177
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  1. Chapter 19: Household Production and Specialization at Cer
  2. pp. 178-183
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  1. Chapter 20: Cultivating Biodiversity: Milpas, Gardens, and the Classic Period Landscape
  2. pp. 184-191
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  1. Chapter 21: Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Community of Joya de Cer
  2. pp. 192-196
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  1. Chapter 22: Summary and Conclusions
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. References
  2. pp. 209-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-226
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