The archaeological sites of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula are among the most visited ancient cities of the Americas. Archaeologists have recently made great advances in our understanding of the social and political milieu of the northern Maya lowlands. However, such advances have been under-represented in both scholarly and popular literature until now. 'The Ancient Maya of Mexico' presents the results of new and important archaeological, epigraphic, and art historical research in the Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo. Ranging across the Middle Preclassic to the Modern periods, the volume explores how new archaeological data has transformed our understanding of Maya history. 'The Ancient Maya of Mexico' will be invaluable to students and scholars of archaeology and anthropology, and all those interested in the society, rituals and economic organisation of the Maya region.
Geoffrey E. Braswell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He has also taught at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. Braswell is the editor of The Maya and Teotihuacan: Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction (2003, University of Texas Press). Braswell has conducted archaeological field work at Copan, (Honduras), Chichen Itza (Mexico), and at numerous sites in Guatemala. He is currently the Director of the Pusilha Archaeological Project, Belize.
Chapter 1. Reinterpreting the Past of the Northern Maya Lowlands Geoffrey E. Braswell Chapter 2. The Middle Preclassic Ballgame: Yucatan and Beyond David Anderson (Tulane University) Chapter 3. The Architecture of Power and Sociopolitical Complexity in Northwestern Yucatan during the Preclassic Period Nancy Peniche May (University of California, San Diego) Chapter 4. Maya Political Cycling and the Story of the Kaan Polity Joyce Marcus (University of Michigan) Chapter 5. Early Classic Integrations in the Northern Lowlands Scott R. Hutson (University of Kentucky) Chapter 6. The Political and Economic Organization of Late Classic States in the Penninsular Gulf Coast: the View from Champoton, Campeche Jerald Ek (State University of New York at Albany) Chapter 7. 5,000 Sites and Counting: The Inspiration of Maya Settlement Studies in 2010 Walter R. T. Witschey (Longwood University) and Clifford T. Brown (Florida Atlantic University) Chapter 8. The Reality and Role of Popol Nas in Northern Maya Archaeology George Bey (Millsaps College) and Rossana May Ciau (INAH Yucatan, Merida) Chapter 9. The Nunnery Quadrangle of Uxmal. William M. Ringle (Davidson College) Chapter 10. In the Shadow of the Pyramid: Excavations of the Great Platform of Chichen Itza Geoffrey E. Braswell Chapter 11. Divide and Rule: Interpreting Site Perimeter Walls in the Northern Maya Lowlands and Beyond Lauren D. Hahn (University of California, San Diego) Chapter 12. Rain and Fertility Rituals in Postclassic Yucatan Featuring Chaak and Chak Chel Gabrielle Vail (New College of Florida) and Christine Hernandez (Tulane University) Chapter 13. Poor Mayapan Clifford Brown, April Watson (Florida Atlantic University), Ashley Gravlin-Bernan (Florida Atlantic University), and Larry Liebovitch (Queens College) Chapter 14. Maya Collapse or Resilience? Lessons from the Spanish Conquest and the Caste War of Yucatan Rani T. Alexander (New Mexico State University) Chapter 15. Yucatan at the Crossroads Joyce Marcus