The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction, and Power at Blue Creek, Belize

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University of Alabama Press, Dec 9, 2007 - History - 169 pages
For two millennia, the site now known as Blue Creek in northwestern Belize was a Maya community that became an economic and political center that included some 15,000-20,000 people at its height. Fairly well protected from human destruction, the site offers the full range of city components including monumental ceremonial structures, elite and non-elite residences, ditched agricultural fields, and residential clusters just outside the core. Since 1992, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team has intensively investigated Blue Creek in an integrated study of the dynamic structure and functional inter-relationships among the parts of a single Maya city. Documented in coverage by National Geographic, Archaeology magazine, and a documentary film aired on the Discovery Channel, Blue Creek is recognized as a unique site offering the full range of undisturbed architectural construction to reveal the mosaic that was the ancient city. Moving beyond the debate of what constitutes a city, Guderjan’s long-term research reveals what daily Maya life was like.

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1 Introduction
2 Public Architecture Ritual and Temporal Dynamics
3 The Spatial Arrangement of a Maya City
4 Diversity of Power and Authority in a Maya City
5 Agriculture as Blue Creeks Economic Base
6 The Importance of Trade and Commerce at Blue Creek
7 Power and Authority at Blue Creek
8 Addressing Some Large and Small Issues
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Thomas H. Guderjan is the president of Maya Research Program, a non-profit research organization. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and has been a faculty member at St. Mary's University and Texas Christian University.

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