Understanding Early Classic Copan / Edition 1

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The first volume to focus on the Early Classic context (A.D. 400-650) of the Maya city of Copán combines and synthesizes many different research methods and disciplines, interpreting data that contradict, enhance, and supplement previous work. Its methods are conjunctive, including and integrating research in archaeological surveys and excavations with studies in art, hieroglyphics, history, forensic/biological anthropology, and chemical analyses of teeth, bones, and other materials. The book is not just multidisciplinary but interdisciplinary, linking, for example, the architecture of monuments with epigraphy, language concepts, and human events.

Until recently, scholars speculated as to whether K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' was an alleged or fictitious founding father of the Copán dynasty. This work presents new information on him and his accomplishments, showing how we almost certainly now have his skeleton with its parry fractures from the battlefield or the ball court, along with abundant descriptions of this and other burials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931707510
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen E. Bell received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Marcello A. Canuto is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Yale University. Robert J. Sharer is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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Table of Contents

Understanding Early Classic Copan: A Classic Maya Center and Its Investigation 1
1 The Early Classic Copan Landscape: A View from the Preclassic 17
2 The Rural Settlement of Copan: Changes Through the Early Classic 29
3 Redesigning Copan: Early Architecture of the Polity Center 53
4 Setting the Stage: Origins of the Hieroglyphic Stairway Plaza on the Great Period Ending 65
5 Initial Stages in the Formation of the Copan Acropolis 85
6 Rosalila, Temple of the Sun-King 101
7 Measures of Power: The Energetics of Royal Construction at Early Classic Copan 113
8 Tombs and Burials in the Early Classic Acropolis at Copan 131
9 Early Classic Ceramic Offerings at Copan: A Comparison of the Hunal, Margarita, and Sub-Jaguar Tombs 159
10 Tombs from the Copan Acropolis: A Life History Approach 191
11 The Beginnings of the Copan Dynasty: A Review of the Hieroglyphic and Historical Evidence 215
12 Early Classic Sculptural Development at Copan 249
13 Structure 10L-16 and Its Early Classic Antecedents: Fire and the Evocation and Resurrection of K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' 265
14 External Interaction at Early Classic Copan 297
15 Marching Out of Step: Early Classic Copan and Its Honduran Neighbors 319
16 The Early Classic and Its Antecedents at Kaminaljuyu: A Complex Society with Complex Problems 337
17 Primary and Secondary State Formation in Southern Mesoamerica 357
Bibliography 375
Contributors 431
Index 433
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