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Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain as silent testimony to their power and status. But what do we know of the common folk who labored to build the temple complexes and palaces and grew the food that fed all of Maya society? This pathfinding book marshals a wide array of archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic evidence to offer the fullest understanding to date of the lifeways of ancient Maya commoners. Senior and emerging scholars contribute case studies that examine such aspects of commoner life as settlement patterns, household organization, and subsistence practices. Their reports cover most of the Maya area and the entire time span from Preclassic to Postclassic. This broad range of data helps resolve Maya commoners from a faceless mass into individual actors who successfully adapted to their social environment and who also held primary responsibility for producing the food and many other goods on which the whole Maya society depended.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Chapter 1. Examining Ancient Maya Commoners Anew
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2. Daily Life in a Highland Maya Community: Zinacantan in Mid-Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. Chapter 3. The Role of Pottery and Food Consumption among Late Preclassic Maya Commoners at Lamanai, Belize
  2. pp. 49-72
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  1. Chapter 4. Of Salt and Water: Ancient Commoners on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala
  2. pp. 73-96
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  1. Chapter 5. Down on the Farm: Classic Maya "Homesteads" as "Farmsteads"
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. Chapter 6. Intra-Site Settlement Signatures and Implications for Late Classic Maya Commoner Organization at Dos Hombres, Belize
  2. pp. 117-146
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  1. Chapter 7. Heterogeneous Hinterlands: The Social and Political Organization of Commoner Settlements near Xunantunich, Belize
  2. pp. 147-174
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  1. Chapter 8. The Spatial Mobility of Non-Elite Populations in Classic Maya Society an Its Political Implications
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Chapter 9. Commoners in Postclassic Maya Society: Social versus Economic Class Constructs
  2. pp. 197-225
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  1. Chapter 10. Methods for Understanding Classic Maya Commoners: Structure Function, Energetics, and More
  2. pp. 225-254
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  1. Chapter 11. Maya Commoners: The Stereotype and the Reality
  2. pp. 255-284
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 285-287
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-299
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780292797239
Related ISBN
9780292705715
MARC Record
OCLC
60745417
Pages
311
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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