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The Development of Sedentary Communities in the Maya Lowlands in a Comparative Perspective

Author(s): Takeshi Inomata

Year: 2016

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It has long been known in the Andean region that the communal projects of temple constructions and public rituals played an important role in social formation during the pre-ceramic period. Recent archaeological investigations in Mesoamerica are revealing comparable processes. Various ceremonial centers in Mesoamerica appear to have developed before the establishment of maize agriculture and fully sedentary communities. At the lowland Maya center of Ceibal, Guatemala, a formal ceremonial complex was constructed at the onset of the ceramic-use period when a substantial portion of the population still retained some level of mobility. At this center, collective construction activities and communal rituals were central mechanisms that brought together diverse social groups and stimulated social changes.

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The Development of Sedentary Communities in the Maya Lowlands in a Comparative Perspective. Takeshi Inomata. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 402946)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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