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Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowlands

An Epigraphic Approach to Territorial Organization

Joyce Marcus

Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Pre-Columbian Studies

Archaeology, Pre-Columbian Studies


Marcus reconstructs Classic Maya political organization through the use of evidence derived from epigraphy, settlement pattern surveys, and locational analysis. This study describes the development of a four-tiered settlement hierarchy and its subsequent collapse.

 

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