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Pot Luck: Building Community and Feasting amongst the Middle Preclassic Maya

Author(s): M. Kathryn Brown ; Carolyn Freiwald

Year: 2017

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Ritual feasting as a practice by which sponsors create uneven social relations with other participants has been suggested to play an important role in establishing social hierarchies in many ancient societies including the ancient Maya. Feasting activities may have also been an important part of Preclassic communal building projects in the Maya lowlands. In this paper, we present data from Middle Preclassic special deposits associated with a series of early public platforms at the site of Blackman Eddy, Belize. Ceramic, faunal and botanical analyses support the interpretation that feasting activities occurred at these locations and appear to have been highly ritualized.

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Pot Luck: Building Community and Feasting amongst the Middle Preclassic Maya. M. Kathryn Brown, Carolyn Freiwald. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431231)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 15439

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