Kukulkan's Realm: Urban Life at Ancient Mayapán

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University Press of Colorado, Apr 15, 2014 - Social Science - 624 pages

Kukulkan's Realm chronicles the fabric of socioeconomic relationships and religious practice that bound the Postclassic Maya city of Mayapán's urban residents together for nearly three centuries. Presenting results of ten years of household archaeology at the city, including field research and laboratory analysis, the book discusses the social, political, economic, and ideological makeup of this complex urban center.

Masson and Peraza Lope's detailed overview provides evidence of a vibrant market economy that played a critical role in the city's political and economic success. They offer new perspectives from the homes of governing elites, secondary administrators, affluent artisans, and poorer members of the service industries. Household occupational specialists depended on regional trade for basic provisions that were essential to crafting industries, sustenance, and quality of life. Settlement patterns reveal intricate relationships of households with neighbors, garden plots, cultivable fields, thoroughfares, and resources. Urban planning endeavored to unite the cityscape and to integrate a pluralistic populace that derived from hometowns across the Yucatán peninsula.

New data from Mayapán, the pinnacle of Postclassic Maya society, contribute to a paradigm change regarding the evolution and organization of Maya society in general and make Kukulkan's Realm a must-read for students and scholars of the ancient Maya and Mesoamerica.


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List of Figures
Archaeological Investigations of an Ancient Urban Place
In the Footsteps of V Gordon Childe
Illuminating the Dark Ages
Mayapáns Place in Maya Research
Kukulcans Realm
Politics and Monumental Legacies
Structure Group Orientations
Dwelling Size
Albarrada Enclosures
Burials at Mayapán
A Complex Social Landscape at Mayapán
The Economic Foundations
Issues of Simplification
Mayapáns Production Industries

Mayapáns Public Buildings
High Art at Selected Mayapán Buildings
Warfare and Sacrifice
An Outlying Temple Hall and Elite Residence
Activities at Halls and Elite Residences
Art at Itzmal Chen Temple H17 and Hall H15
Elite Residence Y45a
The Social Mosaic
Structure Density
House Groups
Ratios of Dwellings to Other Structures within Groups
Militaristic Industries at Mayapán
Agriculture and Property
Religious Practice
Deity Stone and Ceramic Effigies
Miscellaneous Stone Sculptures
Cacao Pods
Militarism Misery and Collapse
Rapid Abandonment in Mayapáns Archaeological Record
Recognizing Complexity in Urban Life

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