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By Marilyn Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope

Kukulcan's Realm chronicles the cloth of socioeconomic relationships and non secular perform that certain the Postclassic Maya urban of Mayapán's city citizens jointly for almost 3 centuries. featuring result of ten years of family archaeology on the urban, together with box learn and laboratory research, the ebook discusses the social, political, monetary, and ideological make-up of this advanced city heart.

Masson and Peraza Lope's special evaluation offers proof of a colourful marketplace economic system that performed a severe position within the city's political and financial good fortune. they give new views from the houses of governing elites, secondary directors, prosperous artisans, and poorer contributors of the carrier industries. loved ones occupational experts relied on local alternate for uncomplicated provisions that have been necessary to crafting industries, sustenance, and caliber of lifestyles. payment styles exhibit tricky relationships of families with pals, backyard plots, cultivable fields, thoroughfares, and assets. city making plans endeavored to unite the cityscape and to combine a pluralistic population that derived from hometowns around the Yucatán peninsula.

New info from Mayapán, the head of Postclassic Maya society, give a contribution to a paradigm switch in regards to the evolution and association of Maya society typically and make Kukulcan's Realm a must-read for college kids and students of the traditional Maya and Mesoamerica.


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By Marilyn Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope

Kukulcan's Realm chronicles the cloth of socioeconomic relationships and non secular perform that certain the Postclassic Maya urban of Mayapán's city citizens jointly for almost 3 centuries. featuring result of ten years of family archaeology on the urban, together with box learn and laboratory research, the ebook discusses the social, political, monetary, and ideological make-up of this advanced city heart.

Masson and Peraza Lope's special evaluation offers proof of a colourful marketplace economic system that performed a severe position within the city's political and financial good fortune. they give new views from the houses of governing elites, secondary directors, prosperous artisans, and poorer contributors of the carrier industries. loved ones occupational experts relied on local alternate for uncomplicated provisions that have been necessary to crafting industries, sustenance, and caliber of lifestyles. payment styles exhibit tricky relationships of families with pals, backyard plots, cultivable fields, thoroughfares, and assets. city making plans endeavored to unite the cityscape and to combine a pluralistic population that derived from hometowns around the Yucatán peninsula.

New info from Mayapán, the head of Postclassic Maya society, give a contribution to a paradigm switch in regards to the evolution and association of Maya society typically and make Kukulcan's Realm a must-read for college kids and students of the traditional Maya and Mesoamerica.


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Our survey of portions of neighborhoods in sizeable cleared milpa fields across Mayapán has failed to reveal conclusive evidence of socially distinct enclaves (chapter 5). In some cases peculiar house styles tend to cluster but do not share other distinctive attributes such as greater quantities of atypical pottery (chapter 5; Masson and Peraza Lope 2010). But three neighborhoods have been discerned at the city: downtown Mayapán, in which the largest palaces frame the monumental center; a second zone of concentrated elite residences next to the city’s primary market plaza; and a crafts barrio located within the downtown zone, just to the west of the site center (chapter 4).

Here we skirt the edges in questions raised in chapters 8 and 9. We are not the first, however, to wonder about the potential of late medieval-Postclassic Maya cross-cultural comparisons, even while we assume from the outset that key differences existed. Sabloff (2007:25) recently remarked, “With the new data and insights into the Late Postclassic political economy in mind, when you read volume 2 of Fernand Braudel’s 1992], important and highly influential . . ” Beyond the allure of potential Maya-medieval analogies, it is important not to neglect many other preindustrial towns—in northern Europe or beyond— where residents also contended with the challenges, conflicts, and potential opportunities afforded by city life (chapter 9).

2006). A rchaeological I nvestigations of an A ncient U rban P lace 21 The PEMY project owes its inception to Bruce H. Dahlin, who simply asked Marilyn A. ” during a casual conversation at the 1999 Society for American Archaeology Meeting. His encouragement and direct contributions to questions of the city’s economy and ecology helped to launch and sustain this project. 7). 99 hectares) was fully mapped and has been entered into a GIS database (Hare 2008a, 2008b). A surface survey of all of these milpas was performed and 131 systematic surface collections were collected, primarily from domestic refuse zones (Masson et al.

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