By Eleanor M. King

Trading used to be the favourite career of the Maya, in accordance with early Spanish observers equivalent to Fray Diego de Landa (1566). but students of the Maya have lengthy pushed aside trade—specifically, marketplace exchange—as unimportant. They argue that the Maya subsisted totally on agriculture, with long-distance alternate taking part in a minor function in a principally non-commercialized economy.

The old Maya market reviews the controversy on Maya markets and provides compelling new facts for the lifestyles and id of historic marketplaces within the Maya Lowlands. Its authors reconsider the present perspectives approximately Maya monetary association and provide new views. They characteristic the shortage of Maya industry examine to 2 elements: continual assumptions that Maya society and its rainforest surroundings lacked complexity, and a scarcity of actual facts for marketplaces—a challenge that plagues marketplace learn round the world.

Many Mayanists now agree that no web site was once self-sufficient, and that from the earliest occasions strong neighborhood and nearby trade existed along long-distance alternate. participants to this quantity recommend that marketplaces, the actual areas signifying the presence of a marketplace financial system, didn't exist for basically financial purposes yet served to replace details and create social ties as well.

The old Maya Marketplace bargains concrete hyperlinks among Maya archaeology, ethnohistory, and modern cultures. Its in-depth evaluation of present learn may help destiny investigators to acknowledge and record marketplaces as a long-standing Maya cultural perform. the amount additionally presents unique comparative info for premodern societies in different places within the world.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Ancient Maya Marketplace: The Archaeology of Transient Space PDF

Similar archaeology books

Archaeology in Practice: A Student Guide to Archaeological Analyses (1st Edition)

Archaeology in perform: A pupil consultant to Archaeological Analyses deals scholars in archaeology laboratory classes an in depth and important how-to handbook of archaeological equipment and offers perception into the breadth of contemporary archaeology.

Written through experts of fabric analyses, whose services represents a extensive geographic diversity
Includes various examples of purposes of archaeological thoughts
Organized through fabric forms, reminiscent of animal bones, ceramics, stone artifacts, and documentary assets, or through issues, equivalent to courting, ethics, and file writing
Written accessibly and amply referenced to supply readers with a advisor to extra assets on concepts and their purposes
Enlivened through various boxed case stories during the major textual content

Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology

This short, reasonably cheap creation to the thoughts, tools, and theoretical frameworks of latest archaeology follows an identical organizing precept because the textual content Archaeology: getting to know Our previous yet good points much less element. Archaeological equipment and idea are lined comprehensively--at a cheap point of detail--in below three hundred pages.

Handbuch der Keilschriftliteratur, Bd. II: Supplement zu Band I. Anhang: Zur Kuyunjik-Sammlung

Število novih objavljenih klinopisnih tekstov (po večini ohranjenih na glinastih ploščicah) naglo narašča. Obenem se, sicer znatno počasneje, množi število delovnih asirioloških proučevalcev kakor tudi njihovih člankov in razprav. Število interesentov, ki so vabljeni okay načeloma vsakoletnim mednarodnim delovnim srečanjem (Rencontres Assyriologiques Internationales) se približuje številu 500, včasih pa to število celo presega.

The Northwest Florida Expeditions of Clarence Bloomfield Moore

A Dan Josselyn Memorial booklet This accomplished compilation of Moore’s archaeological stories on northwest Florida and southern Alabama and Georgia offers the earliest documented investigations of this region.  while Clarence Bloomfield Moore cruised the rivers of Florida looking for prehistoric artifacts a century in the past, he laid the foundation for archaeological investigations to stick with.

Extra resources for The Ancient Maya Marketplace: The Archaeology of Transient Space

Sample text

250–900) and even earlier (Dahlin 2009; Dahlin and Ardren 2002; Dahlin et al. 2007, 2010; Masson and Freidel 2013; Speal 2014; Tokovinine and Beliaev 2013). The data suggest that this system existed in the highlands and the lowlands alike and connected these two 33 34 King • areas. This chapter will first review and add to the cultural data on Maya markets to be gleaned from ethnohistoric sources. Because the highlands are better known, it will focus specifically on developing a better picture of marketing systems in the lowlands.

Political as well as social realities must also have had a heavy influence, though, something that is still true of modern markets. Competing polities and differing alliances are likely to have skewed the distribution pathways and even the availability of certain products (Masson and Freidel 2013; Minc 2006). In the Maya area, ranges similar to those Hirth (2013) notes for the Mesoamerican highlands have been documented for various products, such as obsidian, both in the Classic and Postclassic (Braswell 2010; Masson and Freidel 2013).

The people in general. It seems likely that silversmithing and featherworking had a more limited clientele among the elite, however. Interestingly, Las Casas (1958:353) remarks that gold and silver did not come from the Guatemalan highlands, where he says there was no metallurgy, but from the Oaxaca, Mixteca, and Tehuantepec areas. That leaves open the possibility, then, that there were foreign craftsmen as well as probably foreign professional merchants in the Verapaz marketplaces. Finally, craft production also seems to have followed gender as well as community specialization lines.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.72 of 5 – based on 4 votes