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- DescriptionThe ancient Maya shaped their world with stone tools. Lithic artifacts helped create the cityscape, were central to warfare and hunting, were key to craft activities, were used to process food, and were employed in ritual performance. This volume expands our understanding of the past by considering Maya lithic artifacts made of chert, obsidian, silicified limestone, and jade. Using these as sources of data, lithic specialists examine the relationship between ancient people and natural resources, and ask questions regarding social organization and political ecomy. The editors bring together a detailed, comprehensive view of Maya stone artifacts that is crafted from new research, progressive analytical methods, and invative anthropological theory. Thought provoking introductions and conclusions contextualize the past thirty years of research on Maya stone tools and look to the future of the field. Particular emphasis is given t to lithic techlogy, but to lithic systems as a techlogy of civilization. Stone artifacts were t merely cultural products, but, in conjunction with the people who used them, were tools that reproduced, modified, and created the fabric of society. Case studies based on original data collected at archaeological sites in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras form the bulk of the volume. Limitations presented by the availability of resources, the social context of production, the control of techlogy and esoteric kwledge, and political ecomy are key issues addressed by the contributors. The concluding remarks argue that Maya lithic analysis needs to expand to include more than studies of political ecomy. The chapters in this invative volume do just that.
- Author BiographyZachary X. Hruby is an Instructor in the Department of Anthropology, Humboldt State University, California. With Rowan Flad, he is the editor of Rethinking Specialization in Complex Societies: Archaeological Analysis of the Social Meaning of Production (2007, American Anthropological Association). In addition to being a lithic analyst, Hruby is also known as a Mayan epigrapher. Hruby has worked at the Maya site of Piedras Negras, Guatemala, and is currently the Director of the Proyecto Costa Caribe. Geoffrey E. Braswell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He has also taught at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. Braswell is the editor of The Maya and Teotihuacan: Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction (2003, University of Texas Press). Braswell has conducted archaeological field work at Copan, (Honduras), Chichen Itza (Mexico), and at numerous sites in Guatemala. He is currently the Director of the Pusilha Archaeological Project, Belize. Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos is the Curator of the Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala. With Stephen Houston and David Stuart, he is the co-editor of The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing (2001, University of Oklahoma Press). Chinchilla is known for his extensive archaeological and iconographic work in Pacific Guatemala, particularly as the director of several projects in the Cotzumalhuapa region. Chinchilla has also published extensively on Maya hieroglyphs.
- Author(s)Geoffrey E. Braswell,Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos,Zachary X. Hruby
- PublisherAcumen Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication01/11/2011
- Series TitleApproaches to Anthropological Archaeology
- Place of PublicationDurham
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEquinox Publishing Ltd
- Content Note58 figures
- Weight658 g
- Width189 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byGeoffrey E. Braswell,Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos,Zachary X. Hruby
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