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Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands$
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Brett A. Houk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060637

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060637.001.0001

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Ancient Maya Urbanism in the Eastern Lowlands

Ancient Maya Urbanism in the Eastern Lowlands

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Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

Brett A. Houk

Marilyn A. Masson

Michael E. Smith

John W. Janusek

University Press of Florida

This chapter introduces the eastern lowlands, an incredibly diverse area that makes an excellent laboratory in which to study ancient urbanism. The chapter argues that the diversity seen in the archaeology of the region, the rich data available on the cities of the eastern lowlands, and the fact that the area represents a significant gap in the mainstream archaeological literature on Maya cities and culture all combine to make this an important study. The history of archaeological research in Belize is summarized, and the chapter closes by looking ahead to the rest of the volume. The five areas and 14 cities that are covered in subsequent chapters are introduced here: Pusilhá, Uxbenka, Lubaantun, and Nim Li Punit in southern Belize; Caracol and Minanha in the Vaca Plateau/Maya Mountains area; Xunantunich and El Pilar in the Belize Valley; Chan Chich, Dos Hombres, and La Milpa in northwestern Belize; and Altun Ha, Lamanai, and Nohmul in northern Belize.

Keywords:   Eastern lowlands, Maya cities, Ancient urbanism, Belize

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