The Materiality and Mobility of Jade in the Upper Usumacinta Basin
Author(s): Brigitte Kovacevich
Distributions of jade in the Upper Usumacinta basin suggest that the movement of jade followed political connections and were not purely instances of down-the-line trade motivated by economic gain. Jade objects were likely gifted between elites to solidify political relationships. Some sites along the Usumacinta River received a wealth of jade, while others were relatively impoverished and turned to replicas or other forms of symbolic capital. The materiality of jade during the Classic period gave it a unique role within Maya society in the constitution of social identity and social connections.
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- Circulation of People, Things & Ideas: Practices of Mobility in the Upper Usumacinta Basin
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The Materiality and Mobility of Jade in the Upper Usumacinta Basin. Brigitte Kovacevich. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395995)
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