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Maya of the Cochuah Region : Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives on the Northern Lowlands

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Shaw’s volume treats the Cochuah region from varied points of view, examining diverse topics using a number of theoretical perspectives, in addition to helping to fill in the map of the peninsula. She cites two themes: the flexibility and adaptability of the inhabitants of the Cochuah region; the Cochuah region as distant from past and present population centers and never socially isolated. Shaw notes that today’s Cochuah residents continue their two-way discourse with the national and international forces that aim to shape them, always remaining active players in defining and redefining their identity. Fourteen chapters are: the Cochuah region and the CRAS project; the state of research in the Cochuah region of Quintana Roo; ceramic exchange in the Cochuah region; contemplating carvings at the feet of Queen Chaak Kab; a monumental terminal classic sweatbath from Yo’okop; Maya political organization during the terminal classic period in the Cochuah region, Quintana Roo, Mexico; the problem of mobility in estimating the extent of terminal classic populations in the Cochuah region; artificial causeways; postclassic miniature shrines in the Cochuah region; not only the home of the earth lord; three churches, three causeways, and a miracle; two places in time; lingering discourses from Yucata&’a&n’s past; a tale of two projects. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

In recent years the Cochuah region, the ancient breadbasket of the north-central Yucatecan lowlands, has been documented and analyzed by a number of archaeologists and cultural anthropologists. This book, the first major collection of data from those investigations, presents and analyzes findings on more than eighty sites and puts them in the context of the findings of other investigations from outside the area. It begins with archaeological investigations and continues with research on living peoples. Within the archaeological sections, historic and colonial chapters build upon those concerned with the Classic Maya, revealing the ebb and flow of settlement through time in the region as peoples entered, left, and modified their ways of life based upon external and internal events and forces. In addition to discussing the history of anthropological research in the area, the contributors address such issues as modern women's reproductive choices, site boundary definition, caves as holy places, settlement shifts, and the reuse of spaces through time.

Number of Pages: 328.0
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Mexico
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2015
TCIN: 23936868
UPC: 9780826348647
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8061

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