Pine, prestige and politics of the Late Classic Maya at Xunantunich, Belize

David L. Lentz*, Jason Yaeger, Cynthia Robin, Wendy Ashmore

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Abstract

Comparing the source of a commodity with the social levels of the people amongst whom it is found can reveal important aspects of social structure. This case study of a Maya community, using archaeological and ethnographic data, shows that pine and pine charcoal was procured at a distance and distributed unevenly in settlements. The researchers deduce that this commodity was not freely available in the market place, but was subject to political control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-585
Number of pages13
JournalAntiquity
Volume79
Issue number305
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Belize
  • Exchange
  • Maya
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Pine
  • Political economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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