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International Archaeological Reports since 1974

Ancient Maya Cityscapes

Insights from Lagartera and Margarita, Quintana Roo, Mexico

£48.00
Author:
Laura Villamil
Publication Year:
2009
Language:
English
Paperback:
219pp. Illustrated throughout with figures, maps, tables, drawings and photographs
ISBN 10:
1407304380
ISBN:
9781407304380
BAR number:
S1955
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BOOK DESCRIPTION
This study examines the spatial organization and long-term development of two ancient Maya centres - Lagartera and Margarita - located in south-central Quintana Roo, Mexico, that were occupied from the Middle Preclassic (ca. 500 B.C.) to the Terminal Classic (ca. A.D. 1000). Archaeological research at these two sites was designed to investigate the socio-political factors responsible for their different layouts. Spatial data, obtained through survey and mapping, and chronological data, obtained through excavations, were used to identify patterns in the built environments and to reconstruct the history of occupation of each site. By comparing the layout, composition, temporal development, and regional context of Lagartera and Margarita, this study highlights various dimensions of variability among ancient Maya centres and discusses the sources of this variability.