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Pyramids, Plazas, and Walls: Hilltop Settlements at the Periphery of El Zotz, Guatemala (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Omar Alcover. Thomas Garrison.

Landscape studies provide new insights into the ways communities manipulated and used their environments. Among the ancient Maya, settlements at the outskirts of important centers varied greatly in design, elevation, and function, pointing to a unique and complementary form of urbanism. Among these, hilltop groups are key to understanding some of the social and political dynamics taking place in the Maya lowlands. Serving as strategic locales in the landscape, hilltop settlements served varying...