Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands

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From the Preclassic to the present, Maya peoples have continuously built, altered, abandoned, and re-used structures, imbuing them with new meanings at each transformation. Ruins of the Past is the first volume to focus on how previously built structures in the Maya Lowlands were used and perceived by later peoples, exploring the topic through concepts of landscape, place, and memory. The collection, as Wendy Ashmore points out in her foreword, offers "a stimulating, productive, and fresh set of inferences about ancient Maya cognition of their own past." Contributors include Anthony P. Andrews, Ana Lucía Arroyave Prera, Antonio Benavides C., M. Kathryn Brown, Marcello A. Canuto, Mark B. Child, David A. Freidel, James F. Garber, Charles W. Golden, Stanley P. Guenter, Jon B. Hageman, Richard D. Hansen, Brett A. Houk, Wayne K. Howell, Paul Hughbanks, Scott R. Hutson, Aline Magnoni, T. Kam Manahan, Olivia C. Navarro Farr, Travis W. Stanton, Lauren A. Sullivan, and Fred Valdez Jr.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870818882
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis W. Stanton is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico. Aline Magnoni is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at Tulane University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
Foreword   Wendy Ashmore     xiii
Note on Use of Accents     xvii
Places of Remembrance: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands   Travis W. Stanton   Aline Magnoni     1
Forgotten Structures, Haunted Houses, and Occupied Hearts: Ancient Perspectives and Contemporary Interpretations of Abandoned Sites and Buildings in the Mirador Basin, Guatemala   Richard D. Hansen   Wayne K. Howell   Stanley P. Guenter     25
The Transformation of Abandoned Architecture at Piedras Negras   Mark B. Child   Charles W. Golden     65
Structure Abandonment and Landscape Transformation: Examples from the Three Rivers Region   Lauren A. Sullivan   Jon B. Hageman   Brett A. Houk   Paul Hughbanks   Fred Valdez Jr.     91
Manipulating Memory in the Wake of Dynastic Decline at El Peru-Waka': Termination Deposits at Abandoned Structure M13-1   Olivia C. Navarro Farr   David A. Freidel   Ana Lucia Arroyave Prera     113
Establishing and Reusing Sacred Place: A Diachronic Perspective from Blackman Eddy, Belize   M. Kathryn Brown   James F. Garber     147
Anatomy of a Post-Collapse Society: Identity and Interaction in Early Postclassic Copan   T. Kam Manahan     171
Landscape Transformations and Changing Perceptions at Chunchucmil, Yucatan   Aline Magnoni   Scott R. Hutson   Travis W. Stanton     193
Edzna: A Lived Place through Time   Antonio Benavides C.     223
Memories, Meanings, and Historical Awareness: Post-Abandonment Behaviors among the Lowland Maya   Marcello A. Canuto   Anthony P. Andrews     257
Afterword   Denise Fay Brown     275
References Cited     281
Contributors     353
Index     361
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