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xiii Acknowledgments This book represents the culmination of a journey that began when I first entered the world of academic archaeology as an undergraduate and has continued across my career. In this time I have dedicated myself to studying the everyday lives of ordinary people and demonstrating their importance in the constitution of human societies. My thinking about everyday life has been influenced by ongoing conversations with mentors and colleagues: Wendy Ashmore, James Brown, Liz Brumfiel, Micaela diLeonardo, Tim Earle, Clark Erickson, Bill Hanks, Mark Hauser, Julia Hendon, Matthew Johnson, Art Joyce, Rosemary Joyce, John Lucy, Nan Rothschild, Jeremy Sabloff, Robert Sharer, Payson Sheets, Gil Stein, and Mary Weismantel. Wendy Ashmore taught me that peopling the past is a valuable and doable project in archaeology. Liz Brumfiel always reminded me just how critical that project is for understanding the diversity of past human life. The first draft of part 1 of this book benefitted greatly from the critical reading and conversation in my Social Theory and Archaeology class, in which Santiago Juarez, John Millhauser, and Lisa Overholtzer were class participants. I am indebted to the careful reading that Elizabeth Brumfiel , Matthew Johnson, my father, Edward Robin, and my husband, René Rivera, gave to the whole book and that Laura Kosakowsky, David Lentz, Chelsea Blackmore, and Andrew Wyatt gave to sections of the book. The initial ideas for the book solidified during an Alice Berlin Kaplan Center for the Humanities Fellowship from Northwestern University. I dedicate this book to my parents, Edward and Gloria Robin, who have always been an inspiration for my work, because this book represents what I have been working toward in archaeology all of these years. My parents and my husband also were important editors for this book. Since I was a child, my father has helped me in editing my work, and if xiv · Acknowledgments there is clarity in my writing it is because of him. My husband, René Rivera , not only edits my work but also, as a software developer, now makes the difficult task of producing images simple. René and my three-year-old daughter, Lyra, inspire everything I do, and I would not be able to do everything I do without them. This is the second book that I have published with the University Press of Florida, and I cannot imagine a better press to work with. Director Meredith Morris-Babb made the book a reality in more ways than one. I was reunited with project editor Catherine-Nevil Parker and copy editor Sally Bennett, and it was a pleasure to work with both of them again. I began writing this book a number of times but was never able to finish it. I did not figure out why this had happened until I completed the Chan project in 2009. It was then that I realized that the farming community of Chan was the key case study that allowed me to explicate broader concerns with the analysis of everyday life through archaeological data. With this case study in hand I was able to complete the book. The Chan project was part of my everyday life for nearly a decade. Between 2002 and 2009 I worked with an inspiring team of 123 project members who came from all over the globe, mostly from Belize and the United States, but also from England, Canada, and China. Chelsea Blackmore, Bernadette Cap, Nick Hearth, Angela Keller, Caleb Kestle, Laura Kosakowsky , David Lentz, James Meierhoff, Anna Novotny, and Andrew Wyatt directed research at Chan, and the story of Chan is very much a story that we all worked together to build. I would additionally like to thank the colleagues, students, and volunteers who worked on the Chan project in Belize and in various labs in the United States, including Michelle Abtahi, Yasmine Baktash, Doug Bolendar, Margaret Briggs, Jeff Buechler, Pamela Cardenas, Jonathan Dattilo, Kristin de Lucia, Brian Dema, Brian Dubin, Laure Dussubieu, Elise Enterkin, Krista Garcia, Mark Golitko, Chris Hetrick , Angela Hood, Iram Izam, Serena Jain, Tegan Jones, Santiago Juarez, Ethan Kalosky, Kate Kanne, Kalina Kassadjikova, Shelley Khan, Colleen Kron, Kristin Landau, Michael Latsch, Lisa LeCount, Megan McGee, William Middleton, Alex Miller, James Morris, Mary Morrison, Marcus Murph, Elizabeth Nolan, Lisa Overholtzer, Brad Phillippi, Jessie Pinchoff, Tamas Polanyi, Jeffrey Schecter, Elizabeth Schiffman, Holly Schumacher, Kate Stephensen, Anthony Tedeschi, Ana Tejeda, Carmen Ting, Bob Trombello, Sally Woods, and Dan Wyman. Acknowledgments · xv My Belizean counterparts on the Chan project, colleagues and friends, made sure that my daily life in...


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