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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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The Motul de San José Animals in an Economic Perspective

The Motul de San José Animals in an Economic Perspective

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Motul de San José

Kitty F. Emery

University Press of Florida

The animal remains recovered from the site of Motul de San José provide a valuable glimpse of the use of faunal resources within the boundaries of a polity capital. Local polity capitals such as Motul had access to animals from within their immediate landscape, and through trade and tribute, to those from much further afield. This chapter by Kitty F. Emery uses the Motul faunal assemblage to explore community-wide animal resource availability and use within the Motul landscape, and community- and status-related differentials in access to resources from both within and outside these political boundaries. The zooarchaeological studies identified that the lowest Rank 3 households probably provided hunted meat to the highest rank of royal elites, while Rank 2 secondary nobles like the royal elites consumed ritual animal species.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, Zooarchaeology, Environment adaptation, Production

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