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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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Agricultural Practices at Chan

Agricultural Practices at Chan

Farming and Political Economy In an Ancient Maya Community

(p.71) 4 Agricultural Practices at Chan

Cynthia Robin

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores the terrace agriculture and complex agricultural practices of Maya farmers at Chan. Stratigraphic excavations illustrate that terrace agriculture at Chan has a long history dating back to the Preclassic period and was developed by farmers who had a detailed knowledge of the local environment. This finding is contrary to the traditional assumption in Maya archaeology that terrace agriculture develops late in Maya history as a response to increasing populations or the tribute demands of states.

Keywords:   Archaeology, Maya, Chan, Farmers, Agriculture, terrace agriculture, Preclassic period

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