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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

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(p.71) 4 Agricultural Practices at Chan
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Chan
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Cynthia Robin

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039831.003.0004

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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