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Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings$
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Gyles Iannone, Brett A. Houk, and Sonja A. Schwake

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062754

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062754.001.0001

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Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

Terminal Classic Surface Deposits and the Fates of Maya Kingdoms in Northwestern Belize

(p.203) 9 Signs of the Times
Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings

Brett A. Houk

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines Terminal Classic surface deposits from Dos Hombres, Chan Chich, and La Milpa, all medium-to-large sites in northwestern Belize. In addition to considering the nature and timing of the deposits’ deposition, the chapter considers the methodological challenges these types of deposits present, both in terms of excavation and interpretation. The examples highlight the variability of abandonment and post-abandonment behavior in this corner of the Maya world at the end of the Classic period. The nuanced distinctions between the archaeological deposits suggest that the forces responsible for their creations involved different actors and events at the three sites.

Keywords:   Maya Collapse, Terminal Classic, Surface Deposits, La Milpa, Chan Chich, Dos Hombres

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