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

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>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 ...
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>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.

Arthur A. Demarest is the Ingram Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. Prudence M. Rice is associate vice chancellor for research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Don S. Rice is associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780870817397
  • Publisher: Univeristy Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 12/8/2003
  • Series: MesoAmerican Worlds Ser.
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Editors' Preface
1 The Terminal Classic and the "Classic Maya Collapse" in Perspective 1
2 Hermeneutics, Transitions, and Transformations in Classic to Postclassic Maya Society 12
3 Terminal Classic-Period Lowland Ceramics 28
4 The Last Hurrah: Continuity and Transformation at Seibal 60
5 Settlement and Late Classic Political Disintegration in the Petexbatun Region, Guatemala 83
6 After the Maelstrom: Collapse of the Classic Maya Kingdoms and the Terminal Classic in Western Peten 102
7 Late Classic to Postclassic Transformations in the Peten Lakes Region, Guatemala 125
8 Disaster in Sight: The Terminal Classic at Tikal and Uaxactun 140
9 Defining the Terminal Classic at Calakmul, Campeche 162
10 Terminal Classic Settlement and Polity in the Mopan Valley, Peten, Guatemala 195
11 Dating Copan Culture-History: Implications for the Terminal Classic and the Collapse 231
12 Political Decentralization, Dynastic Collapse, and the Early Postclassic in the Urban Center of Copan, Honduras 260
13 Out with a Whimper: La Milpa in the Terminal Classic 288
14 Commoner Sense: Late and Terminal Classic Social Strategies in the Xunantunich Area 302
15 Transformations, Periodicity, and Urban Development in the Three Rivers Region 324
16 Terminal Classic Status-Linked Ceramics and the Maya "Collapse": De Facto Refuse at Caracol, Belize 342
17 Ceramics and Settlement Patterns at Terminal Classic-Period Lagoon Sites in Northeastern Belize 367
18 Out of Sight: The Postclassic and Early Colonial Periods at Chau Hiix, Belize 402
19 High Times in the Hill Country: A Perspective from the Terminal Classic Puuc Region 424
20 The Rise and Fall of Terminal Classic Yaxuna, Yucatan, Mexico 450
21 The Decline of the East: The Classic to Postclassic Transition at Ek Balam, Yucatan 485
22 Chichen Itza: Settlement and Hegemony During the Terminal Classic Period 517
23 The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Assessing Collapses, Terminations, and Transformations 545
References 573
Contributors 653
Index 655
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