Ritual in the "Great Household": Termination Deposits in Classic Maya Royal Residences

Author(s): Sarah Newman

Year: 2015


In a certain sense, the Classic Maya royal court can be seen as an expanded, intensified household, a comparative model for which can be found in the "Great Households" of early medieval Europe and elsewhere. Closely linked to governing political structures and notable for their size, complexity, and levels of expenditure and waste, royal courts mimic the patterns of interaction that define the household as an archaeological unit, but on a grander scale. This paper examines ritual at the "Great Household" level, focusing specifically on examples of termination deposits associated with royal residences. Compiling examples from across the Maya area, temporal and regional patterns in these deposits are evaluated, showing their content and character to reflect tensions between regional and local influences, exclusivity and access, and integration and instability experienced by the Classic Maya ruler and his sprawling "family."

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Ritual in the "Great Household": Termination Deposits in Classic Maya Royal Residences. Sarah Newman. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395336)


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