“Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development.”—Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The move of strength: historical Water platforms and Landscapes
“Any pupil drawn to city making plans and the outfitted atmosphere will locate this publication attractive and useful.”—Lisa J. Lucero, writer of Water and Ritual
For greater than a century researchers have studied Maya ruins, and websites like Tikal, Palenque, Copán, and Chichén Itzá have formed our realizing of the Maya. but towns of the japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that used to be domestic to a wealthy city culture that persevered and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are handled as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the recent and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make upkeep of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored sector unearths a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.
utilizing info accrued from varied websites during the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk provides the 1st synthesis of those special ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites in the course of the analytical lenses of the outfitted surroundings and historic city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political background, considers how they healthy into the bigger political panorama of the vintage Maya, and examines what they let us know approximately Maya urban building.
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All of these things—what a Maya city is, how it was built, how it decays—are important considerations relevant to the two primary types of data, excavation and mapping, used in this study. The former heavily influences reconstructions of chronology and political history while the latter impacts discussions of planning and interpretations of meaning in site plans. To facilitate an understanding of how we read Maya maps, this chapter concludes with a discussion about how archaeologists collect and portray mapping data.
Each kingdom had a capital city, which was the home of the royal court and the symbol of authority for the entire polity. , Webster 2002:151), home to the elite and high culture. Another way to think of these kingdoms is as territories. Thomas Garrison (2007) used this model in his dissertation, which examined the geopolitical organization of northwestern Belize and northeastern Guatemala. A territory includes the “area of land and population under the control of a particular 26 Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands capital” (Garrison and Dunning 2009:526).
It is also here that the wildly varied approaches to city building become most clear. Although they highlight the differences between cities, the final two chapters stress their similarities while searching for evidence of planning and meaning. 12 Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands 2 Studying Maya Cities There are many possible ways to tackle the topic of Maya cities. This book takes a decidedly site-centric approach by focusing on the monumental precincts of the eastern lowland cities at the expense of their hinterland settlement areas.
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