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Ancient Maya Commerce presents nearly two decades of multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving Classic period Maya center organized around commercial exchange rather than agriculture. An urban center without a king and unable to sustain agrarian independence, Chunchucmil is a rare example of a Maya city in which economics, not political rituals, served as the engine of growth. Trade was the raison d’être of the city itself.

Using a variety of evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors show how the city was a major center for both short- and long-distance trade, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the interior of the northern Maya lowlands. By placing Chunchucmil into the broader context of emerging research at other Maya cities, the book reorients the understanding of ancient Maya economies. The book is accompanied by a highly detailed digital map that reveals the dense population of the city and the hundreds of streets its inhabitants constructed to make the city navigable, shifting the knowledge of urbanism among the ancient Maya.

Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, thoroughly documented case study of a premodern market center and makes a strong case for the importance of early market economies in the Maya region. It will be a valuable addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, economic anthropologists, and environmental archaeologists.

Contributors: Anthony P. Andrews, Traci Ardren, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy Beach, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Bond-Freeman, Bruce H. Dahlin, Patrice Farrell, David Hixson, Socorro Jimenez, Justin Lowry, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, Daniel E. Mazeau, Travis Stanton, Ryan V. Sweetwood, Richard E. Terry

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Ancient Maya Commerce Multidisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil 2016
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. Foreword
  2. Anthony P. Andrews
  3. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: The Long Road to Maya Markets
  2. Scott R. Hutson and Bruce H. Dahlin
  3. pp. 3-26
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Chapter 2. The Map of Chunchucmil
  2. Scott R. Hutson and Aline Magnoni
  3. pp. 27-50
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Chapter 3. Architectural Group Typology and Excavation Sampling within Chunchucmil
  2. Scott R. Hutson, Aline Magnoni, and Bruce H. Dahlin
  3. pp. 51-72
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  1. Ancient Maya Commerce Multidisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil 2016
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  1. Chapter 4. Chunchucmil Chronology and Site Dynamics
  2. Socorro Jiménez, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, and Tara Bond-Freeman
  3. pp. 73-106
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  1. Chapter 5. Chunchucmil’s Urban Population - Scott R. Hutson, Aline Magnoni, Traci Ardren, Chelsea Blackmore, and Travis W. Stanton
  2. pp. 107-138
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  1. Chapter 2. The Map of Chunchucmil
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  1. Chapter 6. Environmental Heterogeneity in the Chunchucmil Economic Region
  2. David R. Hixson, Timothy Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, and Bruce H. Dahlin
  3. pp. 139-156
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  1. Chapter 3. Architectural Group Typology and Excavation Sampling within Chunchucmil
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  1. Chapter 7. Hydrology on the Edge of the Chicxulub Crater: Chunchucmil and Ucí-Cansahcab Groundwater Resources
  2. Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach and Timothy Beach
  3. pp. 157-168
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  1. Chapter 4. Chunchucmil Chronology and Site Dynamics
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  1. Chapter 8. Hinterland Settlement Patterns within the Chunchucmil Economic Region
  2. David R. Hixson and Daniel E. Mazeau
  3. pp. 169-196
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  1. Chapter 5. Chunchucmil’s Urban Population
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  1. Chapter 9. Soils and Agricultural Carrying Capacity
  2. Timothy Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Ryan V. Sweetwood, Patrice Farrell, Daniel E. Mazeau, and Richard E. Terry
  3. pp. 197-220
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  1. Chapter 6. Environmental Heterogeneity in the Chunchucmil Economic Region
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  1. Chapter 10. Perishable Resources Produced for Exchange in the Chunchucmil Economic Region
  2. Bruce H. Dahlin, Traci Ardren, David R. Hixson, and Anthony P. Andrews
  3. pp. 221-240
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  1. Chapter 7. Hydrology on the Edge of the Chicxulub Crater: Chunchucmil and Ucí-Cansahcab Groundwater Resources
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  1. Chapter 11. Marketing within Chunchucmil
  2. Scott R. Hutson, Richard E. Terry, and Bruce H. Dahlin
  3. pp. 241-272
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  1. Chapter 8. Hinterland Settlement Patterns within the Chunchucmil Economic Region
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  1. Chapter 12. Connections beyond Chunchucmil
  2. Traci Ardren, Scott R. Hutson, David R. Hixson, and Justin Lowry
  3. pp. 273-298
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  1. Chapter 9. Soils and Agricultural Carrying Capacity
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  1. Chapter 13. Conclusions
  2. Scott R. Hutson
  3. pp. 299-314
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  1. Chapter 10. Perishable Resources Produced for Exchange in the Chunchucmil Economic Region
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  1. References
  2. pp. 315-362
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  1. Chapter 11. Marketing within Chunchucmil
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 363-366
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  1. Chapter 12. Connections beyond Chunchucmil
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 367-376
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  1. Chapter 13. Conclusions
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  1. References
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  1. List of Contributors
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  1. Index
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