In this Book

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Most treatments of large Classic Maya sites such as Caracol and Tikal regard Maya political organization as highly centralized. Because investigations have focused on civic buildings and elite palaces, however, a critical part of the picture of Classic Maya political organization has been missing.

The contributors to this volume chart the rise and fall of the Classic Maya center of Xunantunich, paying special attention to its changing relationships with the communities that comprised its hinterlands. They examine how the changing relationships between Xunantunich and the larger kingdom of Naranjo affected the local population, the location of their farms and houses, and the range of economic and subsistence activities in which both elites and commoners engaged. They also examine the ways common people seized opportunities and met challenges offered by a changing political landscape.

The rich archaeological data in this book show that incorporating subject communities and people—and keeping them incorporated—was an on-going challenge to ancient Maya rulers. Until now, archaeologists have lacked integrated regional data and a fine-grained chronology in which to document short-term shifts in site occupations, subsistence strategies, and other important practices of the daily life of the Maya. This book provides a revised picture of Maya politics—one of different ways of governing and alliance formation among dominant centers, provincial polities, and hinterland communities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. The Xunantunich Archaeological Project, 1991–1997
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Provincial Politics and Current Models of the Maya State
  2. pp. 20-45
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  1. 3. Antecedents, Allies, Antagonists: Xunantunich and Its Neighbors
  2. pp. 46-64
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  1. Part I: Xunantunich
  2. p. 65
  1. A Brief Description of Xunantunich
  2. pp. 67-78
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  1. 4. Changing Places: The Castillo and the Structure of Power at Xunantunich
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. 5. The Carved Monuments and Inscriptions of Xunantunich: Implications for Terminal Classic Sociopolitical Relationships in the Belize Valley
  2. pp. 97-121
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  1. 6. Monumental Building Programs and Changing Political Strategies at Xunantunich
  2. pp. 122-144
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  1. 7. Shifting Political Dynamics as Seen from the Xunantunich Palace
  2. pp. 145-160
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  1. 8. Elite Craft Production of Stone Drills and Slate at Group D, Xunantunich
  2. pp. 161-183
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  1. 9. The Social Construction of Roads at Xunantunich, from Design to Abandonment
  2. pp. 184-208
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  1. 10. Mount Maloney People? Domestic Pots, Everyday Practice, and the Social Formation of the Xunantunich Polity
  2. pp. 209-230
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  1. Part II: The Xunantunich Hinterlands
  2. p. 231
  1. Landscapes of the Xunantunich Hinterlands
  2. pp. 233-249
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  1. 11. Population, Intensive Agriculture, Labor Value, and Elite-Commoner Political Power Relations in the Xunantunich Hinterlands
  2. pp. 250-271
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  1. 12. Integration and Interdependence: The Domestic Chipped-Stone Economy of the Xunantunich Polity
  2. pp. 272-294
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  1. 13. A Community to Be Counted: Chaa Creek and the Emerging Xunantunich Polity
  2. pp. 295-314
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  1. 14. Living in the Hinterlands of a Provincial Polity
  2. pp. 315-333
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  1. Part III: Summary and Discussion
  2. p. 335
  1. 15. Conclusions: Placing Xunantunich and Its Hinterland Settlements in Perspective
  2. pp. 337-369
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  1. 16. Provincial Politics at Xunantunich: Power, Differentiation, and Identity in a Classic-Period Maya Realm
  2. pp. 370-383
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 385-434
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  1. About the Editors
  2. p. 435
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 437-441
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 443-451
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816502875
Related ISBN
9780816528844
MARC Record
OCLC
747413921
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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