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Antonia E. Foias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044224

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044224.001.0001

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Toward an Archaeology of Power

(p.220) 7 Conclusions
Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Antonia E. Foias

University Press of Florida

This concluding chapter reassesses the state of knowledge on Classic Maya political structure and dynamics. It also argues that by pulling together all sources of political data from the macroscale to the middle-scale to the microscale, archaeologists can reconstruct in much more detail the dynamic political landscape characteristic of the Classic period. The causes of these dynamics are found at all levels of Maya society, from the individual and the local community to the polity and regional interaction among these kingdoms. Rather than conceiving of the whole Maya society as cycling between periods of centralization during the Classic period and decentralization during the Postclassic period, this synthesis underscores that powerful and possibly more centralized states were superposed against smaller and less centralized polities in both time periods.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, political power, political dynamics, ideology, political economy

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