The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation

The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation

by Arthur A. Demarest
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870818228

ISBN-13: 9780870818226

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands revisits one of the great problems in Mayan archaeology - the apparent collapse of Classic Maya civilization from roughly A.D. 830 to 950. During this period the Maya abandoned their power centers in the southern lowlands and rather abruptly ceased the distinctive cultural practices that marked their apogee in the

Overview

The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands revisits one of the great problems in Mayan archaeology - the apparent collapse of Classic Maya civilization from roughly A.D. 830 to 950. During this period the Maya abandoned their power centers in the southern lowlands and rather abruptly ceased the distinctive cultural practices that marked their apogee in the Classic period. Archaeological fieldwork during the past three decades, however, has uncovered enormous regional variability in the ways the Maya experienced the shift from Classic to Postclassic society, revealing a period of cultural change more complex than acknowledged by traditional models.

Featuring an impressive roster of scholars, The Terminal Classic presents the most recent data and interpretations pertaining to this perplexing period of cultural transformation in the Maya lowlands. Although the research reveals clear interregional patterns, the contributors resist a single overarching explanation. Rather, this volume's diverse and nuanced interpretations provide a new, more properly grounded beginning for continued debate on the nature of lowland Terminal Classic Maya civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870818226
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
677
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures....................ix
List of Tables....................xv
Editors' Preface....................xvii
1. The Terminal Classic and the "Classic Maya Collapse" in Perspective-Prudence M. Rice, Arthur A. Demarest, and Don S. Rice....................1
2. Hermeneutics, Transitions, and Transformations in Classic to Postclassic Maya Society-Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase....................12
3. Terminal Classic-Period Lowland Ceramics-Prudence M. Rice and Donald Forsyth....................28
4. The Last Hurrah: Continuity and Transformation at Seibal-Gair Tourtellot and Jason J. González....................60
5. Settlement and Late Classic Political Disintegration in the Petexbatun Region, Guatemala-Matt O'Mansky and Nicholas P. Dunning....................83
6. After the Maelstrom: Collapse of the Classic Maya Kingdoms and the Terminal Classic in Western Petén-Arthur A. Demarest....................102
7. Late Classic to Postclassic Transformations in the Petén Lakes Region, Guatemala-Prudence M. Rice and Don S. Rice....................125
8. Disaster in Sight: The Terminal Classic at Tikal and Uaxactun-Juan Antonio Valdés and Federico Fahsen....................140
9. Defining the Terminal Classic at Calakmul, Campeche-Geoffrey E. Braswell, Joel D. Gunn, María del Rosario Domínguez Carrasco, William J. Folan, Laraine A. Fletcher, Abel Morales López, and Michael D. Glascock....................162
10. Terminal Classic Settlement and Polity in the Mopan Valley, Petén, Guatemala-Juan Pedro Laporte....................195
11. Dating Copán Culture-History: Implicationsfor the Terminal Classic and the Collapse-David Webster, AnnCorinne Freter, and Rebecca Storey....................231
12. Political Decentralization, Dynastic Collapse, and the Early Postclassic in the Urban Center of Copán, Honduras-William L. Fash, E. Wyllys Andrews, and T. Kam Manahan....................260
13. Out with a Whimper: La Milpa in the Terminal Classic-Norman Hammond and Gair Tourtellot....................288
14. Commoner Sense: Late and Terminal Classic Social Strategies in the Xunantunich Area-Wendy Ashmore, Jason Yaeger, and Cynthia Robin....................302
15. Transformations, Periodicity, and Urban Development in the Three Rivers Region-R.E.W. Adams, H. R. Robichaux, Fred Valdez Jr., Brett A. Houk, and Ruth Mathews....................324
16. Terminal Classic Status-Linked Ceramics and the Maya "Collapse": De Facto Refuse at Caracol, Belize-Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase....................342
17. Ceramics and Settlement Patterns at Terminal Classic-Period Lagoon Sites in Northeastern Belize-Marilyn A. Masson and Shirley Boteler Mock....................367
18. Out of Sight: The Postclassic and Early Colonial Periods at Chau Hiix, Belize-Christopher R. Andres and K. Anne Pyburn....................402
19. High Times in the Hill Country: A Perspective from the Terminal Classic Puuc Region-Kelli Carmean, Nicholas Dunning, and Jeff Karl Kowalski....................424
20. The Rise and Fall of Terminal Classic Yaxuna, Yucatán, Mexico-Charles Suhler, Traci Ardren, David Freidel, and Dave Johnstone....................450
21. The Decline of the East: The Classic to Postclassic Transition at Ek Balam, Yucatán-William M. Ringle, George J. Bey III, Tara Bond Freeman, Craig A. Hanson, Charles W. Houck, and J. Gregory Smith....................485
22. Chichén Itzá: Settlement and Hegemony During the Terminal Classic Period-Rafael Cobos Palma....................517
23. The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Assessing Collapses, Terminations, and Transformations-Arthur A. Demarest, Prudence M. Rice, and Don S. Rice....................545
References....................573
Contributors....................653
Index....................655

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