By Scott R. Hutson
Ancient Maya Commerce presents approximately 20 years of multidisciplinary examine at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving vintage interval Maya middle prepared round advertisement trade instead of agriculture. An city heart with no 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 the town itself.
Using numerous evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors exhibit how town was once an incredible middle for either brief- and long-distance alternate, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the inner of the northern Maya lowlands. via putting Chunchucmil into the wider context of rising learn at different Maya towns, the booklet reorients the certainty of historic Maya economies. The e-book is observed by means of a hugely certain electronic map that finds the dense inhabitants of town and the masses of streets its population developed to make town navigable, transferring the information of urbanism one of the historical Maya.
Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, completely documented case research of a premodern marketplace heart and makes a powerful case for the significance of early marketplace economies within the Maya zone. it is going to be a precious addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, monetary 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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Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil by Scott R. Hutson