Costly Signaling, Cost Masking, and the Classic-Postclassic Transition: Slipped Ceramics and other Media in the Context of the Petén Lakes Region, Guatemala.
Author(s): Kevin Schwarz
Costly signaling theory indicates that highly visible acts of public generosity and display, which exact costs not easily recouped, however, can provide social benefits to those engaged in such acts. Such signaling is associated with the strength or fitness of the provider. Analyzing slipped and fineware ceramics in display contexts, and obsidian use and architecture, this presentation explores how Maya elites and rural sub-elites engaged in costly signaling and modified their actions by cost shifting and cost masking, which significantly transformed their signaling behavior. The presentation focuses on the Petén Lakes region of Guatemala from the Late Classic to Postclassic transition (AD 600-AD 1250). Costly signaling has been implicated by archaeologists in the rise of complex societies. However, costly signaling theory, with these modifications, might equally apply to theorizing political collapse and the regeneration of complex societies thereafter.
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Costly Signaling, Cost Masking, and the Classic-Postclassic Transition: Slipped Ceramics and other Media in the Context of the Petén Lakes Region, Guatemala.. Kevin Schwarz. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404142) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8B859VG
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Costly Signaling Theory • Cost masking • Cost shifting • El Chayal obsidian • Fine Gray pottery • Fine Orange pottery • Fineware ceramics • Ixtepeque obsidian • Maya • Monumental Architecture • Plumbate pottery • Pottery
min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.367; max lat: 23.068 ;
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