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"Offers a unique and important perspective on Classic Maya society through the lens of innovation. Eberl’s work is richly grounded in a multidisciplinary approach that weaves archaeological data with epigraphy, iconography, and comparative social theory."--Andrew K. Scherer, author of Mortuary Landscapes of the Classic Maya: Rituals of Body and Soul "The first sustained account of innovation and creativity among the ancient Maya. A welcome addition."--Scott Hutson, author of The Ancient Urban Maya: Neighborhoods, Inequality, and Built Form

Drawing on archaeological findings from the Maya lowlands, War Owl Falling shows how innovation and creativity led to social change in ancient societies. Markus Eberl discusses the ways eighth-century Maya (and Maya commoners in particular) reinvented objects and signs that were associated with nobility, including scepters, ceramic vessels, ballgame equipment, and the symbol of the owl. These inventions, he argues, reflect assertions of independence and a redistribution of power that contributed to the Maya collapse in the Late Classic period.

Eberl emphasizes that individual decision-making--the ability to imagine alternate worlds and to act on that vision--plays a large role in changing social structure over time. Pinpointing where and when these Maya inventions emerged, how individuals adopted them and why, War Owl Falling connects technological and social change in a novel way.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. 1. Flower Mountain Revealed: Innovation and Social Change in Ancient Societies
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Wings for Hummingbirds to Fly With: Creativity as a Play of Symbols
  2. pp. 33-64
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  1. 3. Itzamnaaj’s Court: Creativity Embedded in Social Opportunity Structures
  2. pp. 65-99
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  1. 4. Bleibt Alles Anders: Modeling Invention
  2. pp. 100-131
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  1. 5. A Ruler Just Like Me: Status, Power, and Innovation
  2. pp. 132-160
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  1. 6. Stillman Wanders, Babel Rises: Innovation’s Impact on Structures
  2. pp. 161-192
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  1. 7. Names of the Owl: Exploring Creativity and Innovation
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 219-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813052090
MARC Record
OCLC
1013826984
Pages
308
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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