Understanding Early Classic Copan

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The first volume to focus on the Early Classic context (A.D. 400-650) of the Maya city of Copán combines and synthesizes many different research methods and disciplines, interpreting data that contradict, enhance, and supplement previous work. Its methods are conjunctive, including and integrating research in archaeological surveys and excavations with studies in art, hieroglyphics, history, forensic/biological anthropology, and chemical analyses of teeth, bones, and other materials. The book is not just multidisciplinary but interdisciplinary, linking, for example, the architecture of monuments with epigraphy, language concepts, and human events.

Until recently, scholars speculated as to whether K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' was an alleged or fictitious founding father of the Copán dynasty. This work presents new information on him and his accomplishments, showing how we almost certainly now have his skeleton with its parry fractures from the battlefield or the ball court, along with abundant descriptions of this and other burials.

 

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Contents

INITIAL STAGES IN THE FORMATION OF THE COPAN ACROPOLIS
5
A VIEW FROM
17
EARLY ARCHITECTURE
53
Rosalila Temple of the SunKing
101
the energetics of royal construction
113
Tombs and Burials in the Early Classic Acropolis at Copan
131
A Comparison
159
A Life History Approach
191
Early Classic Sculptural Development at Copan
249
fire
265
EXTERNAL INTERACTION AT EARLY CLASSIC COPAN
299
EARLY CLASSIC COPAN
319
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STATE FORMATION
357
BIBLIOGRAPHY
375
CONTRIBUTORS
431
Copyright

The Beginnings of the Copan Dynasty A Review
215

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About the author (2004)

Ellen E. Bell received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Marcello A. Canuto is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Yale University. Robert J. Sharer is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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