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Landscapes of the ItzaArchaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites$
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Linnea Wren, Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Travis Nygard, and Kaylee Spencer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054964

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054964.001.0001

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In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl

In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl

How Small Communities in Northern Yucatan Responded to the Chichen Itza Phenomenon

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(p.138) 5 In the Shadow of Quetzalcoatl
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Landscapes of the Itza
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J. Gregory Smith

Tara M. Bond-Freeman

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054964.003.0005

This chapter investigates how the rise of Chichen Itza impacted small towns and villages in the vicinity. An analysis of ceramics, architecture, obsidian, and other classes of data at these communities suggests that the degree to which they embraced the Feathered Serpent ideology and its associated political economy prevalent at Chichen was highly variable. In some cases, towns were tightly integrated into the Chichen political economy, but others appear to have been only indirectly connected. The data indicates that Chichen Itza had different strategies in dealing with its smaller neighbors, and it is likely that some local leaders chose to interact with Chichen because of opportunities to obtain trade goods like obsidian that this city provided.

Keywords:   Chichen Itza, Ceramics, Obsidian, Architecture, Feathered Serpent, Political economy

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