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By Scott R. Hutson

Ancient Maya Commerce presents approximately 20 years of multidisciplinary learn at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving vintage interval Maya middle prepared round advertisement trade instead of agriculture. An city middle and not using a king and not able to maintain agrarian independence, Chunchucmil is a unprecedented instance of a Maya urban during which economics, no longer political rituals, served because the engine of progress. alternate was once the raison d’être of town itself.

Using a number of evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors exhibit how the town was once an important middle for either brief- and long-distance exchange, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the internal of the northern Maya lowlands. by means of putting Chunchucmil into the wider context of rising learn at different Maya towns, the booklet reorients the knowledge of historic Maya economies. The e-book is followed by way of a hugely precise electronic map that unearths the dense inhabitants of town and the masses of streets its population developed to make the town navigable, moving the data of urbanism one of the historical Maya.

Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, completely documented case examine of a premodern marketplace middle and makes a robust case for the significance of early marketplace economies within the Maya area. will probably be a important addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, financial anthropologists, and environmental archaeologists.

Contributors: Anthony P. Andrews, Traci Ardren, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy seashore, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Bond-Freeman, Bruce H. Dahlin, Patrice Farrell, David Hixson, Socorro Jimenez, Justin Lowry, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, Daniel E. Mazeau, Travis Stanton, Ryan V. Sweetwood, Richard E. Terry

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