Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Regeneration of Human Settlements amidst Ruins after Episodes of Societal Collapse

Project: Research project

Project Details


Roberto Rosado-Ramirez, doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, will investigate everyday life in
a pre-Columbian Maya settlement that reclaimed the ancient city of Ake, located in present-day Yucatan,
Mexico. Ake was abandoned at the end of the Classic period (AD 800-1000) and reoccupied at some
point before the 16th century. This research will address abandonment and societal transformation in the
aftermath of collapse in a complex society. These issues are consistently addressed across the social
sciences and are relevant to the study of both contemporary and historic social groups. By focusing on
people's day-to-day activities, this research will explore the timing, length, and nature of the reoccupation
of Ake's urban center. These objectives will be accomplished by collecting data from vertical and
horizontal excavations at the 12 structure groups identified at the abandoned site core of Ake, in an area
enclosed by a stone wall. The results of this research project will contribute to understanding how the
ancient Maya responded to the sociopolitical changes brought about by the so-called Classic Maya
collapse. More broadly, this study will have significant implications for understanding the reuse of urban
spaces and the processes of social change during and after periods of socioeconomic and political
Effective start/end date5/1/184/30/22


  • National Science Foundation (BCS-1806248)


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