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Settlement Development and Social Landscapes at the Classic Period Maya center Uxbenká

Author(s): Amy Thompson ; Keith M. Prufer ; Clayton Meredith ; Jillian M. Jordan

Year: 2017

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Using a Human Behavioral Ecology (HBE) framework, the social and environmental factors that influenced community development have been modeled at Uxbenká, a Classic period Maya center located in the southern foothills of the Maya Mountains. This study focuses on settlement decision making dynamics using a chronological assessment of the expansion of settlements based on radiocarbon dating and ceramic typologies in conjunction with statistical analyses to test which factors influenced patch selection of early colonizers of the Uxbenká landscape. We found that over time the social construction of the community shifted from an Ideal Free Distribution, where individuals had free-choice of where they settled, to an Ideal Despotic Distribution, in which despotic elites’ influenced settlement choice of hinterland residents.

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Settlement Development and Social Landscapes at the Classic Period Maya center Uxbenká. Amy Thompson, Keith M. Prufer, Clayton Meredith, Jillian M. Jordan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431964)


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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): 17133

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