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By Scott R. Hutson

Ancient Maya Commerce presents approximately twenty years of multidisciplinary examine at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving vintage interval Maya heart equipped round advertisement alternate instead of agriculture. An city heart with no king and not able to maintain agrarian independence, Chunchucmil is a unprecedented instance of a Maya urban within which economics, no longer political rituals, served because the engine of progress. alternate used to be the raison d’être of the town itself.

Using a number of evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors convey how the town used to be an incredible heart for either brief- and long-distance exchange, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the internal of the northern Maya lowlands. via putting Chunchucmil into the wider context of rising study at different Maya towns, the booklet reorients the knowledge of historic Maya economies. The ebook is observed through a hugely certain electronic map that finds the dense inhabitants of town and the loads of streets its population built to make town navigable, transferring the data of urbanism one of the historic Maya.

Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, completely documented case research of a premodern marketplace middle and makes a robust case for the significance of early industry economies within the Maya sector. it will likely be a invaluable addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, financial 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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