The Organization of Agricultural Production on the Southwest Periphery of the Maya Lowlands: A Settlement Patterns Study in the Upper Grijalva Basin, Chiapas, Mexico

The Organization of Agricultural Production on the Southwest Periphery of the Maya Lowlands: A Settlement Patterns Study in the Upper Grijalva Basin, Chiapas, Mexico

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This study investigates the issue of elite management of intensive agricultural production on terraces during the Late-Terminal Classic period (A.D. 650-950) in the Upper Grijalva Basin of Chiapas, Mexico, on the southwest periphery of the Maya lowlands. The Late-Terminal Classic represents the height of social complexity in this zone with increased population marked by construction of many residential and civic structures.This evidence could shed light on the relative importance placed on deriving wealth from directly monitoring production on terraces or from ideological means. ... performance of religious rituals, and were needed by elites for the maintenance of their power (Demarest 2004: 160, 206). ... then the expectation would be to find the vast majority of elites residing at civic- ceremonial centers in association withanbsp;...


Title:The Organization of Agricultural Production on the Southwest Periphery of the Maya Lowlands: A Settlement Patterns Study in the Upper Grijalva Basin, Chiapas, Mexico
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Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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