Ancient Maya Commerce

Multidisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil

edited by Scott R. Hutson

"The field has been waiting for this volume and will be changed by it."

—Marilyn Masson, SUNY Albany

"A textbook example of how multidisciplinary research works."

—Eleanor King, Howard University


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Ancient Maya Commerce presents nearly two decades of multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico—a thriving Classic period Maya center organized around commercial exchange rather than agriculture. An urban center without a king and unable to sustain agrarian independence, Chunchucmil is a rare example of a Maya city in which economics, not political rituals, served as the engine of growth. Trade was the raison d’être of the city itself.

Using a variety of evidence—archaeological, botanical, geomorphological, and soil-based—contributors show how the city was a major center for both short- and long-distance trade, integrating the Guatemalan highlands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the interior of the northern Maya lowlands. By placing Chunchucmil into the broader context of emerging research at other Maya cities, the book reorients the understanding of ancient Maya economies. The book is accompanied by a highly detailed digital map that reveals the dense population of the city and the hundreds of streets its inhabitants constructed to make the city navigable, shifting the knowledge of urbanism among the ancient Maya.

Ancient Maya Commerce is a pioneering, thoroughly documented case study of a premodern market center and makes a strong case for the importance of early market economies in the Maya region. It will be a valuable addition to the literature for Mayanists, Mesoamericanists, economic anthropologists, and environmental archaeologists.

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Contributors: Anthony P. Andrews, Traci Ardren, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Timothy Beach, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Bond-Freeman, Bruce H. Dahlin, Patrice Farrell, David Hixson, Socorro Jimenez, Justin Lowry, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, Daniel E. Mazeau, Travis Stanton, Ryan V. Sweetwood, Richard E. Terry

 

Scott R. Hutson is associate professor in anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Hardcover Price: $75.00
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60732-539-0
  • Ebook Price: $60.00
  • 30-day ebook rental price: $30.00
  • EISBN: 978-1-60732-555-0
  • Publication Month: March
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Pages: 312
  • Illustrations: 79 black and white photographs, drawings, and tables
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Scott R. Hutson
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-60732-539-0