The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado

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The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands revisits one of the great problems in Mayan archaelogy--the apparent collapse of Classic Maya civilization from roughly A.D. 830 to 950. During this period the Maya abandoned their power centers in the southern lowlands and rather abruptly ceased the distinctive cultural practices that marked their apogee in the Classic period. Archaeological fieldwork during the past three decades, however, has uncovered enormous regional variability in the ways the Maya experienced the shift from Classic to Postclassic society, revealing a period of cultural change more complex than acknowledged by traditional models. Featuring an impressive roster of scholars, The Terminal Classic presents the most recent data and interpretations pertaining to this perplexing period of cultural transformation in the Maya lowlands. Although the research reveals clear interregional patterns, the contributors resist a single overarching explanation. Rather, this volume's diverse and nuanced interpretations provide a new, more properly grounded beginning

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
List of Tables xv
Editors' Preface xvii
1. The Terminal Classic and the "Classic Maya Collapse" in Perspective
Prudence M. Rice, Arthur A. Demarest, and Don S. Rice
2. Hermeneutics, Transitions, and Transformations in Classic to Postclassic Maya Society
Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase
3. Terminal Classic-Period Lowland Ceramics
Prudence M. Rice and Donald Forsyth
4. The Last Hurrah: Continuity and Transformation at Seibal
Gair Tourtellot and Jason J. Gonzalez
5. Settlement and Late Classic Political Disintegration in the Petexbatun Region, Guatemala
Matt O'Mansky and Nicholas P. Dunning
6. After the Maelstrom: Collapse of the Classic Maya Kingdoms and the Terminal Classic in Western Petén
Arthur A. Demarest
7. Late Classic to Postclassic Transformations in the Petén Lakes Region, Guatemala
Prudence M. Rice and Don S. Rice
8. Disaster in Sight: The Terminal Classic at Tikal and Uaxactun
Juan Antonio Valdés and Federico Fahsen
9. Defining the Terminal Classic at Calakmul, Campeche
Geoffrey E. Braswell, Joel D. Gunn, Maria del Rosario, Dominguez Carrasco, William J. Folan, Laraine A. Fletcher, Abel Morales Lopez, and Michael D. Glascock
10. Terminal Classic Settlement and Polity in the Mopan Valley, Petén, Guatemala 195(36)
Juan Pedro Laporte
11. Dating Copan Culture-History: Implications for the Terminal Classic and the Collapse 231(29)
David Webster, AnnCorinne Freter, and Rebecca Storey
12. Political Decentralization, Dynastic Collapse, and the Early Postclassic in the Urban Center of Copan, Honduras 260(28)
William L. Fash, E. Wyllys Andrews, and T. Kam Manahan
13. Out with a Whimper: La Milpa in the Terminal Classic 288(14)
Norman Hammond and Gair Tourtellot
14. Commoner Sense: Late and Terminal Classic Social Strategies in the Xunantunich Area 302(22)
Wendy Ashmore, Jason Yaeger, and Cynthia Robin
15. Transformations, Periodicity, and Urban Development in the Three Rivers Region 324(18)
R.E.W. Adams, H.R. Robichaux, Fred Valdez Jr, Brett A. Houk, and Ruth Mathews
16. Terminal Classic Status-Linked Ceramics and the Maya "Collapse": De Facto Refuse at Caracol, Belize 342(25)
Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase
17. Ceramics and Settlement Patterns at Terminal Classic-Period Lagoon Sites in Northeastern Belize 367(35)
Marilyn A. Masson and Shirley Boteler Mock
18. Out of Sight: The Postclassic and Early Colonial Periods at Chau Hiix, Belize 402(22)
Christopher R. Andres and K. Anne Pyburn
19. High Times in the Hill Country: A Perspective from the Terminal Classic Puuc Region 424(26)
Kelli Carmean, Nicholas Dunning, and Jeff Karl Kowalski
20. The Rise and Fall of Terminal Classic Yaxuna, Yucatan, Mexico 450(35)
Charles Suhler, Traci Ardren, David Freidel, and Dave Johnstone
21. The Decline of the East: The Classic to Postclassic Transition at Ek Balam, Yucatan 485(32)
William M. Ringle, George J. Bey III, Tara Bond Freeman, Craig A. Hanson, Charles W. Houck, and J. Gregory Smith
22. Chichén Itzá: Settlement and Hegemony During the Terminal Classic Period 517(28)
Rafael Cobos Palma
23. The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Assessing Collapses, Terminations, and Transformations 545(28)
Arthur A. Demarest, Prudence M. Rice, and Don S. Rice
References 573(80)
Contributors 653(2)
Index 655

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