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Pine, prestige and politics of the Late Classic Maya at Xunantunich, Belize

  • David L. Lentz (a1), Jason Yaeger (a2), Cynthia Robin (a3) and Wendy Ashmore (a4)

Comparing the source of a commodity with the social levels of the people amongst whom it is found can reveal important aspects of social structure. This case study of a Maya community, using archaeological and ethnographic data, shows that pine and pine charcoal was procured at a distance and distributed unevenly in settlements. The researchers deduce that this commodity was not freely available in the market place, but was subject to political control.

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