Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands by HOUK


“Brings jointly for the 1st time all of the significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know how the traditional Maya deliberate and equipped their appealing towns. it's going to develop into either a instruction manual and a resource of principles for different archaeologists for years to come.”—George J. Bey III, coeditor of Pottery Economics in Mesoamerica
“Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development.”—Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The circulate of strength: historical Water platforms and Landscapes
“Any pupil drawn to city making plans and the outfitted setting will locate this e-book 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 figuring out of the Maya. but towns of the jap 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 new and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make renovation of the ruins tricky, yet this oft-ignored quarter unearths a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

utilizing info amassed from diversified websites in the course of the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk offers the 1st synthesis of those particular ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites throughout the analytical lenses of the equipped setting and historical city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political historical past, 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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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). In this model, territories include not only a capital but also minor centers and rural household groups, and they operate as independent, social, and economic units (Garrison and Dunning 2009:527). Clearly, not all Maya cities and dynasties were equal in power; the affairs of many kingdoms were affected either directly or indirectly by the political maneuverings of Tikal and Calakmul for centuries during the Classic period.

The label tends to be applied to larger range buildings or a complex of range buildings arranged around one or more interior courtyards, sometimes called a palace group (see Andrews 1975:59). At Tikal, Harrison (2003:110) proposed the palaces there had features consistent with judicial, diplomatic, educational, and residential functions.

In rare cases, such as at Chan Chich, causeways were not raised features but were essentially ground-level corridors defined by low walls or parapets along their margins (Houk 2003:60), and Andrews (1975:38) observes that some elevated causeways have low parapet walls along their margins, such as the Mendez Causeway at Tikal. Most causeways connect plazas within the same site or link two cities together. Sacbeob vary widely in length, width, and height across the Maya area, but Shaw (2001:262) has proposed three basic types based on length and what they connect: local intrasite, core-outlier intrasite, and intersite.

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