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"An admirable contribution to the growing literature on Maya settlement research initiated by Gordon Willey in the Belize Valley in the 1950s."—Shirley B. Mock, University of Texas, San Antonio

Over half a century ago, the late Gordon Willey began his research in the Belize Valley, and ten years later he published a synthesis of his data that is recognized today as a classic study of ancient Maya settlement patterns. This new volume looks at the abundant research that has taken place in the region since the 1950s (and includes a new retrospective chapter from Willey that was submitted shortly before his death in April, 2002).  The Ancient Maya of the Belize Valley represents an attempt to present in one volume the extensive data from the diverse sites in this part of Mesoamerica, one of the richest archaeological areas in the Maya world.  The collection provides a key to understanding the valley's ancient political and social organization by highlighting the interconnectedness of the region's settlements.

Contents

1. The Archaeology of the Belize Valley in Historical Perspective, by Arlen F. Chase and James F. Garber

2. Retrospective, by Gordon R. Willey

Part 1. The Central Belize Valley

3. Middle Formative Prehistory of the Central Belize Valley: An Examination of Architecture, Material Culture, and Sociopolitical Change at Blackman Eddy, by James F. Garber, Jaime J. Awe, M. Kathryn Brown, and Christopher J. Hartman

4. Archaeological Investigations at Blackman Eddy, by James F. Garber, M. Kathryn Brown, W. David Driver, David M. Glassman, Christopher J. Hartman, F. Kent Reilly III, and Lauren A. Sullivan

5. Major Center Identifiers at a Plazuela Group Near the Ancient Maya Site of Baking Pot, by James M. Conlon and Terry G. Powis

6. Ancient Maya Settlement in the Valley of Peace Area, by Lisa J. Lucero, Scott L. Fedick, Andrew Kinkella, and Sean M. Graebner

Part 2. The Upper Belize Valley

7. Cahal Pech, Belize:  The Middle Formative Period, by Paul F. Healy, David Cheetham, Terry G. Powis, and Jaime J. Awe

8. The Role of "Terminus Groups" in Lowland Maya Site Planning: An Example from Cahal Pech, by David Cheetham

9. Buenavista del Cayo: A Short Outline of Occupational and Cultural History at an Upper Belize Valley Regal-Ritual Center, by Joseph W. Ball and Jennifer T. Taschek

10. Xunantunich in a Belize Valley Context, by Richard M. Leventhal and Wendy Ashmore

11. The Royal Charter at Xunantunich, by Virginia M. Fields

12. Buenavista del Cayo, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich: Three Centers, Three Histories, One Central Place, by Jennifer T. Taschek and Joseph W. Ball

Part 3. The Belize Valley: Neighboring Connections

13. The Ancient Maya Center of Pacbitun, by Paul F. Healy, Bobbi Hohmann, and Terry G. Powis

14. Defining Royal Maya Burials:  A Case from Pacbitun, by Paul F. Healy, Jaime J. Awe, and Hermann Helmuth

15. Integration among Communities, Centers, and Regions: The Case from El Pilar, by Anabel Ford

16. The Classic Maya Trading Port of Moho Cay, by Heather McKil lop

Part 4. The Belize Valley: Intergration
17. Problems in the Definition and Interpretation of "Minor Centers" in Maya Archaeology with Reference to the Upper Belize River Valley, by Gyles Iannone

18. The Emergence of Minor Centers in the Zones between Seats of Power, by W. David Driver and James F. Garber

19. The Terminal Classic to Postclassic Transition in the Belize River Valley, by James Aimers

20. Polities, Politics, and Social Dynamics: "Contextualizing" the Archaeology of the Belize Valley and Caracol, by Arlen F. Chase   
    
21. Diverse Voices: Toward an Understanding of Belize Valley Archaeology, by Diane Z. Chase

James F. Garber is professor of anthropology and field school director at Southwest Texas State University. He is the author of Archaeology at Cerros Belize, Central America, volume 2, The Artifacts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813026855
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Maya Studies Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Garber, professor of anthropology and field school director at Texas Statue University–San Marcos, is the author of Archaeology at Cerros Belize, Central America, volume 2, The Artifacts.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Foreword
1 The Archaeology of the Belize Valley in Historical Perspective 1
2 Retrospective 15
3 Middle Formative Prehistory of the Central Belize Valley: An Examination of Architecture, Material Culture, and Sociopolitical Change at Blackman Eddy 25
4 Archaeological Investigations at Blackman Eddy 48
5 Major Center Identifiers at a Plazuela Group Near the Ancient Maya Site of Baking Pot 70
6 Ancient Maya Settlement in the Valley of Peace Area 86
7 Cahal Pech: The Middle Formative Period 103
8 The Role of "Terminus Groups" in Lowland Maya Site Planning: An Example from Cahal Pech 125
9 Buenavista del Cayo: A Short Outline of Occupational and Cultural History at an Upper Belize Valley Regal-Ritual Center 149
10 Xunantunich in a Belize Valley Context 168
11 The Royal Charter at Xunantunich 180
12 Buenavista del Cayo, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich: Three Centers, Three Histories, One Central Place 191
13 The Ancient Maya Center of Pacbitun 207
14 Defining Royal Maya Burials: A Case from Pacbitun 228
15 Integration among Communities, Centers, and Regions: The Case from El Pilar 238
16 The Classic Maya Trading Port of Moho Cay 257
17 Problems in the Definition and Interpretation of "Minor Centers" in Maya Archaeology with Reference to the Upper Belize Valley 273
18 The Emergence of Minor Centers in the Zones between Seats of Power 287
19 The Terminal Classic to Postclassic Transition in the Belize River Valley 305
20 Polities, Politics, and Social Dynamics: "Contextualizing" the Archaeology of the Belize Valley and Caracol 320
21 Diverse Voices: Toward an Understanding of Belize Valley Archaeology 335
References Cited 349
List of Contributors 403
Index 407
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