Exchange and the economy over time

Author(s): Elizabeth Graham

Year: 2016


Exchange drove Maya economy at many levels, yet the political landscape changed dramatically from the Preclassic to early colonial period. How did exchange networks respond to these changes? Or, we might ask instead if political change or upheaval was instigated by fluctuations or upsets in what might be called the market economy and those who sought to manage or control networks of supply? Did the ability to exact tax/tribute provide rulers and nobles with the economic power to invest and benefit from markets and trade, or did the tax system become unmanageable and problematic in terms of the economic power wielded by tax receivers? These questions clearly cannot be answered in full, but hypotheses will be suggested and avenues explored with particular attention to the Classic to Postclassic transition.

Cite this Record

Exchange and the economy over time. Elizabeth Graham. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403031)


Geographic Keywords
Central America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;