By Brett A. Houk
"Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development."--Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The move of strength: historic Water structures and Landscapes
"Any student attracted to city making plans and the equipped surroundings will locate this booklet attractive and useful."--Lisa J. Lucero, writer of Water and Ritual
For greater than a century researchers have studied Maya ruins, and websites like Tikal, Palenque, Copán, and Chichén Itzá have formed our figuring out of the Maya. but towns of the japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that was once domestic to a wealthy city culture that endured and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are taken care of as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the recent and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make renovation of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored quarter finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.
Using facts amassed from varied websites during the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk provides the 1st synthesis of those detailed ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites throughout the analytical lenses of the equipped surroundings and old city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political historical past, considers how they healthy into the bigger political panorama of the vintage Maya, and examines what they let us know approximately Maya urban building.
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