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Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community

Cynthia Robin


This book examines the 2000-year history (ca. 800 B.C. - A.D. 1200) of the ancient Maya farming community of Chan in Belize. The farming community of Chan flourished for two millennia while the fortunes of nearby Maya civic centers waxed and waned. Given that 2000 years is a long time, this book examines what Chan's residents did to facilitate the longevity of their community. The contributors to this volume develop three themes, which relate to the socially and environmentally sustainable practices of Chan's farmers. First, sustainable agriculture maintained the surrounding forest, allowing t ... More

Keywords: archaeology, Maya, Chan, farming community, agriculture, sustainable agriculture, community

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813039831
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Robin, editor

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1 Time, Space, and Landscapes

2 A Changing Cultural Landscape

Cynthia Robin, Andrew R. Wyatt, Laura J. Kosakowsky, Santiago Juarez, Ethan Kalosky, and Elise Enterkin

3 Ceramics and Chronology at Chan

Laura J. Kosakowsky

5 Agroforestry and Agricultural Production of the Ancient Maya at Chan

David Lentz, Sally Woods, Angela Hood, and Marcus Murph

2 Life in a Farming Community Center

6 Ritual in a Farming Community

Cynthia Robin, James Meierhoff, Caleb Kestle, Chelsea Blackmore, Laura J. Kosakowsky, and Anna C. Novotny

7 Nonroyal Governance at Chan's Community Center

Cynthia Robin, James Meierhoff, and Laura J. Kosakowsky

3 Diversity across the Chan Community

4 Bodies, Material Culture, and Meaning

12 The Chan Community

Anna C. Novotny

14 Obsidian Acquisition, Trade, and Regional Interaction at Chan

James Meierhoff, Mark Golitko, and James D. Morris

15 Contextualizing Ritual Behavior

Laura J. Kosakowsky, Anna C. Novotny, Angela H. Keller, Nicholas F. Hearth, and Carmen Ting

5 Conclusion