Community and Difference: Change in Late Classic Maya Villages of the Petexbatn Region (Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology #8) (Hardcover)

Community and Difference: Change in Late Classic Maya Villages of the Petexbatn Region (Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology #8) By Markus Eberl Cover Image

Community and Difference: Change in Late Classic Maya Villages of the Petexbatn Region (Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology #8) (Hardcover)

$156.25


Available from Warehouse (minimum 2 days to arrive)
Through the use of sophisticated ceramic chronology techniques, the author documents how small farming communities like Nacimiento and Dos Ceibas grew from hamlets in the seventh century A.D. into villages with several hundred inhabitants. He traces how local elites emerged during the eighth century A.D. and built outsized residential groups.

Mutual exchanges in these villages leveled material wealth, but also translated into social status and legitimized social inequality. As settings for public rituals, these exchanges helped integrate the communities, while individual households conducted domestic rituals that included ancestor veneration, dedication offerings, and termination rituals.


The inhabitants of Aguateca's rural hinterland interacted on multiple levels within and beyond the boundaries of their communities. The economic, sociopolitical, and ritual changes during the Late Classic highlight the complexity and dynamism of local communities.


VIMA Series #8
Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology Studies Series, Edited by Arthur A. Demarest

Product Details ISBN: 9780826519016
ISBN-10: 0826519016
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2014
Pages: 472
Language: English
Series: Vanderbilt Institute of Mesoamerican Archaeology