The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (APAZ - Archaeological Papers of the American Anth

The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (APAZ - Archaeological Papers of the American Anth

By: Arlen F. Chase (author), Dr. Vernon L. Scarborough (author)Paperback

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This volume represents the concerted efforts of a group of Maya archaeologists to employ a different approach to their archaeological data that is consistent with an effort called IHOPE: Integrated History and Future of People on Earth. IHOPE is a global network of scientists and researchers that seeks to use a wide range of data to examine how changes in the Earth's systems of the past have been correlated with changes in the coupled human-biophysical environment (Costanza et al. 2007). The specific objectives for IHOPE are to identify slow and rapidly moving features of complex social-ecological systems, on local to continental spatial scales, which induce resilience, stress, or collapse in linked systems of humans and nature. These objectives will be reached by exploring innovative ways of conducting inter and trans-disciplinary science, including theory, case studies, and integrated modeling (Costanza et al. 2012:1). The integration of these data, a large portion of which are derived from archaeology, is seen as an important contribution to the accurate and applicable information base for addressing both short- and long-term planning issues facing modern populations.


Table of Contents iii Foreward v INTRODUCTION Chapter 1. Diversity, Resiliency, and IHOPE-Maya: Using the Past to Inform the Present Arlen F. Chase and Vernon Scarborough 1 Chapter 2. Tropical Landscapes and the Ancient Maya: Diversity in Time and Space Arlen F. Chase, Lisa J. Lucero, Vernon L. Scarborough, Diane Z. Chase, Rafael Cobos, Nicholas P. Dunning, Scott L. Fedick, Vilma Fialko, Joel D. Gunn, Michelle Hegmon, Gyles Iannone, David L. Lentz, Rodrigo Liendo, Keith Prufer, Jeremy A. Sabloff, Joseph A. Tainter, Fred Valdez Jr, and Sander E. van der Leeuw 11 Chapter 3. Water and Landscape: Ancient Maya Settlement Decisions Lisa J. Lucero, Scott L. Fedick, Nicholas P. Dunning, David L. Lentz, and Vernon L. Scarborough 30 CASE STUDIES Chapter 4. Growth and Decline in Classic Maya Puuc Political Economies Christian Isendahl, Nicholas P. Dunning, and Jeremy A. Sabloff 43 Chapter 5. Ancient Climate and Archaeology: Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Their Collapse at the End of the Terminal Classic Period Rafael Cobos, Guillermo de Anda Alanys, and Roberto Garcya Moll 56 Chapter 6. A Reassessment of Water and Soil Resources in the Flatlands of the Northern Maya Lowlands Scott L. Fedick 72 Chapter 7. Population Dynamics and Its Relation to Ancient Landscapes in the Northwestern Maya Lowlands: Evaluating Resilience and Vulnerability Rodrigo Liendo, Elizabeth Solleiro-Rebolledo, Berenice Solis-Castillo, Sergei Sedov, and Arturo Ortiz-Perez 84 Chapter 8. Calakmul: Agent Risk and Sustainability in theWestern Maya Lowlands Joel D. Gunn, William J. Folan, Christian Isendahl, Mar'ya del Rosario Dom'ynguez Carrasco, Betty B. Faust, and Beniamino Volta 101 Chapter 9. The Alternative Economy: Resilience in the Face of Complexity from the Eastern Lowlands Vernon L. Scarborough and Fred Valdez 124 Chapter 10. Path Dependency in the Rise and Denouement of a Classic Maya City: The Case of Caracol, Belize Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase 142 Chapter 11. Resilience and Vulnerability in the Maya Hinterlands Gyles Iannone, Keith Prufer, and Diane Z. Chase 155 COMPARATIVE STUDIES Chapter 12. Transformative Relocation in the U.S. Southwest and Mesoamerica Ben A. Nelson, Adrian S. Z. Chase, and Michelle Hegmon 171 Chapter 13. Comparative Landscape Analysis: Contrasting the Middle East and Maya Regions T. J. Wilkinson 183 Chapter 14. Collapse and Sustainability: Rome, the Maya, and the Modern World Joseph A. Tainter 201 CONCLUSION Chapter 15. Transforming Lessons from the Past into Lessons for the Future Sander E. van der Leeuw 215 List of Contributors 232

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