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Architecture and the Origins of Preclassic Maya Politics

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  • Author: James Doyle, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107145375

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  • Architecture and the Origins of Preclassic Maya Politics highlights the dramatic changes in the relationship of ancient Maya peoples to the landscape and to each other in the Preclassical period (ca. 2000 BC–250 AD). Offering a comprehensive history of Preclassic Maya society, James Doyle focuses on recent discoveries of early writing, mural painting, stone monuments, and evidence of divine kingship that have reshaped our understanding of cultural developments in the first millennium BC. He also addresses one of the crucial concerns of contemporary archaeology: the emergence of political authorities and their subjects in early complex polities. Doyle shows how architectural trends in the Maya Lowlands in the Preclassic period exhibit the widespread cross-cultural link between monumental architecture of imposing intent, human collaboration, and urbanism.

    • The clear narrative makes the book attractive to specialists and non-specialists
    • Integrates GIS technology with studies of monumentality and landscape, giving readers fresh perspectives on emerging politics
    • Presents original research from the site of El Palmar, Guatemala, and this new never-before-published information will contribute to ongoing scholarly debates
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107145375
    • length: 182 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 182 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 5 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Setting
    3. Mesoamerican and Maya monumentality, identity, and politics
    4. Middle Preclassic Maya E-group plazas: distribution and geopolitics 800–300 BC
    5. The architecture and spaces of the early Ajaw, c.300–1 BC
    6. Migration and abandonment
    7. The Preclassic big picture.

  • Author

    James Doyle, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    James Doyle is an archaeologist and Assistant Curator of the Art of the Ancient Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His areas of expertise include the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica, Central America, and Colombia. He has contributed to major art exhibitions, writes for the museum's blog, and promotes pre-Columbian art and archaeology through social media.

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