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Agro-urban landscapes: the example of Maya lowland cities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, African and Comparative Archaeology.
2012 (English)In: Antiquity, ISSN 0003-598X, E-ISSN 1745-1744, Vol. 86, no 334, 1112-1125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author sets out to explain why Maya cities are so dispersed, with a ceremonial core surrounded by spacious neighbourhoods. Using the case study of Xuch, and the judicious application of phosphate analysis, he shows that these were clusters of farmsteads, growing food. Tackling the apparent confrontation of town and country in the same settlement he urges us to reconsider 'urbanism' as being too narrow a term in archaeology. Solutions that combine food production and ritual can be seen as increasingly diverse. The paper provides valuable reflections for archaeologists studying settlement evolution the world over.

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2012. Vol. 86, no 334, 1112-1125 p.
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Maya, pre-Hispanic, urbanism, agriculture, agro-urban landscapes, garden cities, phosphate survey
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-193027ISI: 000312428500011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-193027DiVA: diva2:602894
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-01-28 Last updated: 2013-02-04Bibliographically approved

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