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The Nature of an Ancient Maya City
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For two millennia, the site now known as Blue Creek in northwestern Belize was a Maya community that became an economic and political center that included some 15,000-20,000 people at its height. Fairly well protected from human destruction, the site offers the full range of city components including monumental ceremonial structures, elite and non-elite residences, ditched agricultural fields, and residential clusters just outside the core. Since 1992, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team has intensively investigated Blue Creek in an integrated study of the dynamic structure and functional inter-relationships among the parts of a single Maya city. Documented in coverage by National Geographic, Archaeology magazine, and a documentary film aired on the Discovery Channel, Blue Creek is recognized as a unique site offering the full range of undisturbed architectural construction to reveal the mosaic that was the ancient city. Moving beyond the debate of what constitutes a city, Guderjan’s long-term research reveals what daily Maya life was like.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Public Architecture, Ritual, and Temporal Dynamics
  2. pp. 19-48
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  1. 3. The Spatial Arrangement of a Maya City
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. 4. Diversity of Power and Authority in a Maya City
  2. pp. 69-90
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  1. 5. Agriculture as Blue Creek’s Economic Base
  2. pp. 91-101
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  1. 6. The Importance of Trade and Commerce at Blue Creek
  2. pp. 102-118
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  1. 7. Power and Authority at Blue Creek
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. 8. Addressing Some Large and Small Issues
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 147-166
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 167-169
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