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CLASSIC LOWLAND MAYA (Culture Keyword)

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Costly Signaling, Cost Masking, and the Classic-Postclassic Transition: Slipped Ceramics and other Media in the Context of the Petén Lakes Region, Guatemala. (2016)

DOCUMENT [ID: 404142] Kevin Schwarz.

Costly signaling theory indicates that highly visible acts of public generosity and display, which exact costs not easily recouped, however, can provide social benefits to those engaged in such acts. Such signaling is associated with the strength or fitness of the provider. Analyzing slipped and fineware ceramics in display contexts, and obsidian use and architecture, this presentation explores how Maya elites and rural sub-elites engaged in costly signaling and modified their actions by cost...


A Polychrome Modeled Narrative of Late to Terminal Classic Power at Lamanai, Belize (2001)

Citation DOCUMENT [ID: 256280] Thomas M. Shelby. Dorie Reents-Budet.

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Ritual Exchange and the Fourth Obligation (2010)

DOCUMENT [ID: 372412] Chris Morehart. Noah Butler.

Employing Mauss’s notion of the fourth obligation, giving to the gods, this article develops a formulation of ritual exchange to examine the interactive nature of ritual practice. As a modality of interaction, ritual exchange is contingent upon enduring normative beliefs, such as perceived obligations to spiritual entities, and the social positions of ritual practitioners. Consequently, ritual exchange evinces not only the material and immaterial nature of sacred beliefs but also the...

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America