Ritual and Political Landscapes of the Preclassic Maya: A View from the Cival Region
Author(s): Francisco Estrada-Belli
The link between Lowland Maya ritual and power relations during the Preclassic period has been so far approached primarily through iconographic, burial and artifact data at the local scale. Very little evidence exists linking notions of political authority, ritual practices and landscapes at the regional level. Recent survey and excavation data from the Cival region of Northeastern Peten, reveals a vast and complex settlement pattern. The Preclassic Maya city of Cival was surrounded by a network of ceremonial centers with monumental architecture. Through an analysis of architectural forms and functions, relative sizes and orientations, links are being identified and a model is proposed for regional political integration during the Late Preclassic period.
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Ritual and Political Landscapes of the Preclassic Maya: A View from the Cival Region. Francisco Estrada-Belli. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444914)
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