Ancient Maya Political Economies examines variation in systems of economic production and exchange and how these systems supported the power networks that integrated Maya society. Using models originally developed by William L. Rathje, the authors explore core-periphery relations, the use of household analysis to reconstruct political economy, and evidence for market development. In doing so, they challenge the conventional wisdom of decentralized Maya political authority and replace it with a more complex view of the political economic foundations of Maya civilization.
Marilyn A. Masson is an anthropologist at the State University of New York, Albany. David A. Freidel is an anthropologist at Southern Methodist University.
1 Preface, DAVID A. FREIDEL/ 1. Introduction, MARILYN A. MASSON/ 2. The Nouveau Elite Potlatch: One Scenario for the Monumental Rise of Early Civilizations, WILLIAM L. RATHJE/ 3. The Origins of Maya Civilization: The Old Shell Game, Commodity, Treasure and