Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary Research at by Scott R. Hutson

By Scott R. Hutson

Ancient Maya Commerce presents approximately twenty years of multidisciplinary examine at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving vintage interval Maya heart geared up round advertisement alternate instead of agriculture. An city heart and not using a king and not able to maintain agrarian independence, Chunchucmil is an extraordinary instance of a Maya urban during which economics, now not political rituals, served because the engine of progress. alternate used to be the raison d’être of town itself.

Using various evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors express how town used to be an important heart for either brief- and long-distance alternate, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the inner of the northern Maya lowlands. by means of putting Chunchucmil into the wider context of rising learn at different Maya towns, the booklet reorients the knowledge of old Maya economies. The publication is observed through a hugely certain electronic map that finds the dense inhabitants of town and the loads of streets its population built to make town navigable, moving the data of urbanism one of the historic Maya.

Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, completely documented case learn of a premodern industry heart and makes a powerful case for the significance of early industry economies within the Maya sector. will probably be a precious addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, fiscal anthropologists, and environmental archaeologists.

Contributors: Anthony P. Andrews, Traci Ardren, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy seashore, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Bond-Freeman, Bruce H. Dahlin, Patrice Farrell, David Hixson, Socorro Jimenez, Justin Lowry, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, Daniel E. Mazeau, Travis Stanton, Ryan V. Sweetwood, Richard E. Terry

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