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Ancient Urban Maya : Neighborhoods, Inequality, and Built Form (Hardcover) (Scott R. Hutson)
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“Important and timely, Hutson’s analysis of Maya cities in their constituent neighborhoods marks a new milestone in the study of Maya urbanism.”—Cynthia Robin, author ofEveryday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan “Working through a myriad of definitions for urbanization and defining aspects of those often missing from archaeological discussions, Hutson provides the best perspective to date on the complexities of ancient ‘urban’ life and life decisions by the prehistoric Maya.”—Fred Valdez Jr., coeditor of Ancient Maya Commoners Ancient cities were complex social, political, and economic entities, but they also suffered from inequality, poor sanitation, and disease—often more than rural areas. InThe Ancient Urban Maya, Scott Hutson examines ancient Maya cities and argues that, despite the hazards of urban life, these places continued to lure people for many centuries. With built forms that welcomed crowds, neighborhoods that offered domestic comforts, marketplaces that facilitated the exchange of goods and ideas, and the opportunities to expand social networks and capital, the Maya used their cities in familiar ways.
Number of Pages: 260
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Sociology / Urban, Archaeology, Ancient / General
Series Title: Ancient Cities of the New World
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Scott R. Hutson
Street Date: April 19, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-12-6771
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