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6 - Tradeoffs in Pre-Columbian Maya Water Management Systems

Complexity, Sustainability, and Cost

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Michelle Hegmon
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Arizona State University
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The Give and Take of Sustainability
Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives on Tradeoffs
, pp. 125 - 147
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2017

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