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Approaches to Monumental Landscapes of the Ancient Maya$
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Brett A. Houk, Barbara Arroyo, and Terry G. Powis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066226

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066226.001.0001

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Ritual Practice, Urbanization, and Sociopolitical Organization at Preclassic Ceibal, Guatemala

Ritual Practice, Urbanization, and Sociopolitical Organization at Preclassic Ceibal, Guatemala

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(p.61) 4 Ritual Practice, Urbanization, and Sociopolitical Organization at Preclassic Ceibal, Guatemala
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Approaches to Monumental Landscapes of the Ancient Maya
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Melissa Burham

Takeshi Inomata

Daniela Triadan

Jessica MacLellan

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066226.003.0004

In Chapter 4, Melissa Burham and colleagues examine urban growth, monumentality, and local community formation during the Late Preclassic period at Ceibal, Guatemala. Rather than focusing on the monumental epicenter of the site, the authors turn to the small communities that grew around the site core, each anchored by a minor-temple complex. Though smaller than temples in the site core, these community temples nonetheless represent monumental constructions that required considerable communal effort to build and maintain over an ever-expanding area. In this way, Burham and her coauthors consider how scale informs the definition of monumentality. Chapter 4 draws together various lines of evidence, including excavation and mapping data from Harvard’s previous work at the site and newer data from the current project, to spatially define communities and examine the role of minor temples and ritual in fostering local group identities.

Keywords:   Minor temples, Ritual, Late Preclassic Period, Monumentality, Ceibal

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