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THE YALAHAU REGION: A STUDY OF ANCIENT MAYA SOCIOPOLITICAL ORGANIZATION

THE YALAHAU REGION: A STUDY OF ANCIENT MAYA SOCIOPOLITICAL ORGANIZATION AbstractThe Yalahau Regional Settlement Pattern Survey (YRSPS) addresses the complex negotiations that constituted ancient Maya society through an investigation of the distribution of settlement across the Yalahau region of northern Quintana Roo, Mexico. This paper begins with a brief culture-historical background of the Yalahau region where occupation ranges from the Middle Preclassic period (700–200 b.c.) to the Postclassic period (a.d. 1100–1521). The region had its peak occupation during the Terminal Preclassic period (75 b.c./a.d. 100–a.d. 400), and this paper explores how monumental architecture, through its size and the rituals conducted in and around it, materialized an enduring sense of community identity during this time period. In so doing, this paper examines the tensions within and between communities as sociopolitical strategies are negotiated and contested in the continually messy process of constituting society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Mesoamerica Cambridge University Press

THE YALAHAU REGION: A STUDY OF ANCIENT MAYA SOCIOPOLITICAL ORGANIZATION

Ancient Mesoamerica , Volume 23 (2): 25 – Dec 18, 2012

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Cambridge University Press
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012
ISSN
1469-1787
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0956-5361
DOI
10.1017/S095653611200020X
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Abstract

AbstractThe Yalahau Regional Settlement Pattern Survey (YRSPS) addresses the complex negotiations that constituted ancient Maya society through an investigation of the distribution of settlement across the Yalahau region of northern Quintana Roo, Mexico. This paper begins with a brief culture-historical background of the Yalahau region where occupation ranges from the Middle Preclassic period (700–200 b.c.) to the Postclassic period (a.d. 1100–1521). The region had its peak occupation during the Terminal Preclassic period (75 b.c./a.d. 100–a.d. 400), and this paper explores how monumental architecture, through its size and the rituals conducted in and around it, materialized an enduring sense of community identity during this time period. In so doing, this paper examines the tensions within and between communities as sociopolitical strategies are negotiated and contested in the continually messy process of constituting society.

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Ancient MesoamericaCambridge University Press

Published: Dec 18, 2012

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