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Motul de San JoséPolitics, History, and Economy in a Classic Maya Polity$
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Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emergy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041902

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041902.001.0001

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Politics and Economics: Theoretical Perspectives of the Motul de San José Project

Politics and Economics: Theoretical Perspectives of the Motul de San José Project

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(p.1) 1 Politics and Economics: Theoretical Perspectives of the Motul de San José Project
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Motul de San José
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Antonia E. Foias

Kitty F. Emery

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0001

This chapter by Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery introduces the theoretical debates within which the archaeological and ecological research of the Motul de San José Project was conducted between 1998 and 2003. The project engages the major debates on the dynamics of political structure within the Maya civilization during the Classic period and locates the research at the intersection between economics and politics. Shifting attention away from the general concepts of centralization and decentralization, the Motul de San José Project dwells on the internal relationships between political inferiors and superiors, between primary and subsidiary centers, and on the nature of economic control by the elite in this small polity of the Central Petén Lakes of northern Guatemala.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, archaeology, political organization, economic organization, bureaucracy

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