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Title Ancient Maya commoners / edited by Jon C. Lohse and Fred Valdez, Jr
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 299 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Examining ancient Maya commoners anew / Jon C. Lohse and Fred Valdez, Jr. -- Daily life in a highland Maya community: Zinacantan in mid-twentieth century / Evon Z. Vogt -- The role of pottery and food consumption among late preclassic Maya commoners at Lamanai, Belize / Terry G. Powis -- Of salt and water: ancient commoners on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala / Bárbara Arroyo -- Down on the farm: classic Maya "homesteads" as "farmsteads" / Nicholas Dunning -- Intra-site settlement signatures and implications for late classic Maya commoner organization at Dos Hombres, Belize / Jon C. Lohse -- Heterogeneous hinterlands: the social and political organization of commoner settlements near Xunantunich, Belize / Jason Yaeger and Cynthia Robin -- The spatial mobility of non-elite populations in classic Maya society and its political implications / Takeshi Inomata -- Commoners in postclassic Maya society: social versus economic class constructs / Marilyn A. Masson and Carlos Peraza Lope -- Methods for understanding classic Maya commoners: structure function, energetics, and more / Nancy Gonlin -- Maya commoners: the stereotype and the reality / Joyce Marcus
Summary "This book marshals a wide array of archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic evidence to offer the fullest understanding to date of the lifeways of ancient Maya commoners. Thirteen senior and emerging scholars contribute case studies that examine such aspects of commoner life as settlement patterns, household organization, and subsistence practices. Their reports cover most of the Maya area and the entire time span from Preclassic to Postclassic. This broad range of data helps resolve Maya commoners from a faceless mass into individual actors who successfully adapted to their social environment, responding to the economic, political, and ideological pressures exerted on them by the elites, and who also held primary responsibility for producing the food and many other goods on which the whole Maya society depended."--Provided by publisher
Notes "Most of these papers were originally presented as part of a symposium organized for the 1999 American Anthropological Association meetings held in Chicago, IL"--Prelimimary pages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Land settlement patterns -- Central America -- Congresses.
Mayas -- Antiquities -- Congresses.
Mayas -- Social conditions -- Congresses.
Social structure -- Central America -- History -- Congresses.
Working class -- Central America -- History -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Lohse, Jon C., 1968- editor
Valdez, Fred, Jr., 1953- editor
American Anthropological Association. Annual Meeting (98th : 1999 : Chicago, Ill.)
LC no. 2004004631
ISBN 0292797230 (electronic bk.)
9780292797239 (electronic bk.)