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ChanAn Ancient Maya Farming Community$
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Cynthia Robin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039831

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039831.001.0001

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Creating Community with Shell

Creating Community with Shell

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(p.253) 13 Creating Community with Shell
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Chan
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Cynthia Robin

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039831.003.0013

This chapter examines 29,000 shell items excavated at the Maya farming community of Chan. It discusses three archaeologically identifiable practices in which the people of Chan used shell objects to create community: (1) the consumption and ritual deposition of freshwater snails (jutes), (2) the ritual placement of shell items in caches and burials, and (3) the production and distribution of shell ornaments. Chan's leading families were involved in small-scale marine shell bead production. Exotic marine shell ornaments that typically have restricted distributions in the Maya area have a more equitable distribution among Chan's households.

Keywords:   Maya, Chan, farming community, shell, community, archaeologically, ritual, production

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