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Water, Cacao, and the Early Maya of Chocola - (Hardcover)

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This exciting book brings the often-overlooked southern Maya region of Guatemala into the spotlight by closely examining the "lost city" of Chocola. Jonathan Kaplan and Federico Paredes Umana prove that Chocola was a major Maya polity and reveal exactly why it was so influential.

In their fieldwork at the site, Kaplan and Paredes Umana discovered an extraordinarily sophisticated underground water-control system. They also discovered cacao residues in ceramic vessels. Based on these and other findings, the authors believe that cacao was consumed and grown intensively at Chocola and that the city was the center of a large cacao trade. They contend that the city’s wealth and power were built on its abundant supply of water and its command of cacao, which was significant not just to cuisine and trade but also to Maya ideology and cosmology. Moreover, Kaplan and Paredes Umana detail the ancient city's ceramics and add over thirty stone sculptures to the site's inventory.

Because the southern Maya region was likely the origin of Maya hieroglyphic writing and the Long Count calendar, scholars have long suspected the area to be important. This pioneering field research at Chocola helps explain how and why the region played a leading role in the rise of the Maya civilization.

A volume in the series Maya Studies, edited by Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Social Science, Technology
Series Title: Maya Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Jonathan Kaplan & Federico Paredes Umau00f1a
Language: English
Street Date: May 16, 2018
TCIN: 53680807
UPC: 9780813056746
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-1586
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