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Ancient Maya Commoners
     

Ancient Maya Commoners

by Jon C. Lohse
 

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Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain as silent testimony to their power and status. But what do we know of the common folk who labored to build the temple complexes and palaces and grew the food

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Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain as silent testimony to their power and status. But what do we know of the common folk who labored to build the temple complexes and palaces and grew the food that fed all of Maya society? This pathfinding book marshals a wide array of archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic evidence to offer the fullest understanding to date of the lifeways of ancient Maya commoners. Senior and emerging scholars contribute case studies that examine such aspects of commoner life as settlement patterns, household organization, and subsistence practices. Their reports cover most of the Maya area and the entire time span from Preclassic to Postclassic. This broad range of data helps resolve Maya commoners from a faceless mass into individual actors who successfully adapted to their social environment and who also held primary responsibility for producing the food and many other goods on which the whole Maya society depended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292778146
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
6 MB

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Robert J. Sharer
"This is a landmark volume that begins to fill a longstanding and critical gap in our understanding of the ancient Maya. . . . [It] will serve as an essential work for students and professional scholars alike to begin to correct the prevalent emphasis on the elite Maya."

Meet the Author

Jon C. Lohse, a Research Associate at the University of Texas at Austin, is Principal Investigator of the Blue Creek Regional Political Ecology Project in northwestern Belize. Fred Valdez, Jr., is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. He coordinates multidisciplinary research in northwestern Belize as Director of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project.

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