Copan in the Wider Maya World

Author(s): Simon Martin

Year: 2017


The peripheral location of Copan has always raised questions about the ways in which it related to the core of the Maya world. Clearly Copan was no isolate in the Classic Maya tradition, divorced from developments elsewhere, but what did it continue to draw from the center and what were the mechanisms underlying those contacts? What do we know about the influence of centrally placed polities in this far-flung region, which held a symbolic status in the far east, but could never be a significant participant in the affairs of the core? This paper focus on what we know of Copan’s foreign interactions, suggesting modes of interaction that extended over considerable distances, yet seemingly differed little from those between near-neighbors.

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Copan in the Wider Maya World. Simon Martin. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431160)


Copan Epigraphy

Geographic Keywords
Central America

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14635