Tikal: Dynasties, Foreigners, and Affairs of State: Advancing Maya Archaeology

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New insights from the Tikal excavations and epigraphic breakthroughs suggest that a thriving marketplace existed in the center of the city, that foreigners comprised a significant element of its populace, and that differences in tomb form and contents signal the changing fortunes of Tikal's rulers. Essay topics include the timing of the foundation of the Tikal dynasty, the earliest experiments in socio-political complexity, the 6th-7th century hiatus in monument erection, the reassertion of central authority ...
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Overview

New insights from the Tikal excavations and epigraphic breakthroughs suggest that a thriving marketplace existed in the center of the city, that foreigners comprised a significant element of its populace, and that differences in tomb form and contents signal the changing fortunes of Tikal's rulers. Essay topics include the timing of the foundation of the Tikal dynasty, the earliest experiments in socio-political complexity, the 6th-7th century hiatus in monument erection, the reassertion of central authority around A.D. 700, and the complex causality behind the collapse and depopulation during the 9th century. Featuring some of the premiere specialists in the field as well as innovative new scholars, this volume promises to shape Tikal's interpretations and research agenda for decades to come.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Tikal Chronology
1 In Line of the Founder: A View of Dynastic Politics at Tikal 3
2 The Ceramics of Tikal 47
3 Beyond the Catalog: The Chronology and Contexts of Tikal Artifacts 83
4 Settlement, Society, and Demography at Tikal 111
5 The Peripheries of Tikal 143
6 The Central Acropolis of Tikal 171
7 The Tikal Renaissance and the East Plaza Ball Court 207
8 The North Acropolis: Monumentality, Function, and Architectural Development 227
9 Plaza Plans at Tikal: A Research Strategy for Inferring Social Organization and Processes of Culture Change at Lowland Maya Sites 253
10 Thirty Years Later: Some Results of Recent Investigations in Tikal 281
11 Tikal and the Copan Dynastic Founding 319
References 355
Index 403
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