Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands by HOUK

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“Brings jointly for the 1st time the entire significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know how the traditional Maya deliberate and outfitted their attractive towns. it is going to turn into either a guide and a resource of rules for different archaeologists for years to come.”—George J. Bey III, coeditor of Pottery Economics in Mesoamerica
“Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development.”—Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The stream of energy: historic Water structures and Landscapes
“Any pupil drawn to city making plans and the outfitted setting will locate this ebook 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 knowing of the Maya. but towns of the japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that used to be domestic to a wealthy city culture that endured and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are handled as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the new and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make renovation of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored zone finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

utilizing information accrued from varied websites during the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk provides the 1st synthesis of those exact ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites during the analytical lenses of the equipped surroundings and old city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political heritage, 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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When constructing a new building over an old one, at times the Maya infilled vaulted rooms to serve as the core of an enlarged platform, and at other times they demolished the old superstructure entirely, using the debris for construction fill for the new building and presumably salvaging useful material in the process. This brings up an important observation David Webster (2002:155) made about Maya cities that tends to be overlooked. When presented with detailed reconstruction drawings of Maya cities on the pages of National Geographic magazine, it is easy to forget that, like cities everywhere, Maya cities “were in a continual state of decay and renewal” (Webster 2002:155).

At Caracol, stepping from the hypothetical to the real world, there are over 70 km of causeways between 3 and 12 m wide (A. Chase and D. Chase 1996:806). Studying Maya Cities 35 Temple Pyramids The most recognizable of Maya building types is the temple pyramid, most often simply called a temple. The pyramid portion of the assemblage is the substructure, usually square in plan and composed of multiple terraces that become progressively smaller with each level, and the temple is the building on top (Andrews 1975:39).

2). 2. Idealized cross section of a vaulted masonry building. of walls, and cut and shaped stones formed the face of the wall. Just as was the case with the platforms, the faces of the walls, on both the inside and outside of a building, were coated in plaster to give them a smooth surface. The height of walls varied on Maya buildings; some structures had only low-height walls that supported perishable upper walls and roofs, while others had full-height walls topped by a perishable frame and roof.

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