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Everyday Life MattersMaya Farmers at Chan$
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Cynthia Robin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044996

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044996.001.0001

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Everyday Life at Chan

Everyday Life at Chan

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Everyday Life Matters

Cynthia Robin

University Press of Florida

Chapter 6 details the everyday lives of the Maya residents of Chan--farmers, craft workers, diviners, and community leaders--while exploring the developments and changes in the community across its 2000-year history. This chapter exposes how the details of ancient everyday life are far from mundane and comprise a diverse array of actions and interactions that are critical for interpretations of organization and power relations in human societies. Residents’ everyday practices are a fertile ground for the development of complex systems of knowledge and the innovation of new technologies. Many of these developments and innovations have long been attributed to Maya elites and high culture, but as seen from the Chan study, they were existing practices the elites adopted from farmers. Some ways of understanding the world and of organizing community that developed at Chan stand in stark contrast with those seen at major Maya centers. Ultimately, everyday life at Chan reveals powerful lessons about social and environmental sustainability in the world. The Chan study illustrates how the meaning of long-term changes in society can be better understood through a detailed investigation of everyday life.

Keywords:   everyday life, archaeology, Maya, Chan, farmers, sustainability, community

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