One of the most important Post-classic cities, Utatlan, in highland Guatemala, was excavated more than three decades ago. However, the data amassed by archaeologists have not been published until now. Details on architecture, pottery, burials, and ...
artefacts, along with a focus on residential archaeology, make this a significant contribution to Maya archaeology. Most information available on Utatlan focuses on the ceremonial center and ignores the city of the commoners. Using the archaeological data, "Utatlan" attempts to determine the boundaries of the community and to characterise subdivisions within it. Evidence of indigenous non-elite houses, rich burials, and grave goods unlike those found in contemporary sites reveals information about the supporting residence zone. In addition, Babcock applies the concept of "constituted community", interpreting the archaeological data from a prehistoric context, and proposes a theoretical framework for interpreting prehistoric sites with respect to urbanism and political complexity.
Number of pages: 400
Date of publication: 15/03/2011
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