In Search of Maya Sea Traders / Edition 1

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"In this book, McKillop tells the story of the search for the Maya sea traders, as well as the story of the traders themselves as it emerges from the excavations. In Search of Maya Sea Traders describes the trading port of Wild Cane Cay, where exotic obsidian, jade, gold, and other goods - including highly crafted pots - were traded from distant lands. McKillop also tells us about the more coastal-inland trade of salt, seafood, and other marine resources." Through the story of her own work and that of her students and volunteers, McKillop models both the research design and the field work that are required to interpret the civilizations of the past. She includes the adventure of discovery, the challenges of working in wild environments (from snakes and rising sea levels to falling coconuts), and the tedium of daily measured digs in a near-tropical setting.
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A scholarly work that often reads like a travel novel, "In Search of Maya Sea Traders" beautifully interweaves science and humanism, enabling McKillop to reach out simultaneously to both academic and non-professional readers.
Thomas H. Guderjan

“Dr. McKillop is an accomplished writer . . . [this] will be a welcome addition to the literature available for potential volunteers on archaeological projects. McKillop’s work didn’t involve the high excitement of Heyerdahl’s voyages, but does involve the romance of fieldwork in a remote and occasionally dangerous locale. Very few readers will attempt to follow in Heyerdahl’s steps, but this volume may inspire many to follow in McKillop’s.”--Thomas H. Guderjan, Texas Christian University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585444243
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Texas A&M University Anthropology Series, #11
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather McKillop is William G. Haag Professor of Archaeology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Much of her career has been devoted to study of the coastal areas and islands off Belize, focusing on an aspect of the Maya archaeological record not widely known. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California–Santa Barbara.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Maya sea traders, 1981-1982
Pt. II Wild Cane Cay, 1988-1992
Pt. III In search of other Maya sites
Pt. IV Frenchman's Cay, 1994 and 1997
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