Everyday Life in a Maya Center: New Data towards Social, Economic, and Ritual Behavior at the Ancient City of Dos Hombres
This is an abstract from the "Ancient Maya Landscapes in Northwestern Belize, Part I" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The current research in the Dos Hombres civic ceremonial center utilizes the lens of "everyday life" in order to understand the internal ritual, economic, social, and ideological activities of this ancient city, as well as how it interacted with the surrounding household hinterlands, and the socio-political and economic role this medium-sized city played in the region. Current efforts are focused in the northern plaza, a very public space that likely was a place of commerce, public ritual and sacred space, thereby the prime backdrop for publicly legitimizing authority. Recently excavated data, especially architectural exposures as well as material culture deposits are presented. These new data are rich with information about public activities and architectural programming at the ancient city. In addition, off-mound non-architectural excavations, material culture, and isotope data combined with recent LiDAR are continuing to formulate an understanding of social, economic, and ritual behavior. As a result, the culmination of these data have begun to elucidate various social and economic relationships, both individually and collectively, of the ancient Maya at Dos Hombres and northwestern Belize.
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Everyday Life in a Maya Center: New Data towards Social, Economic, and Ritual Behavior at the Ancient City of Dos Hombres. Rissa Trachman, J. Alex Canterbury. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452251)
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Abstract Id(s): 25084