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ANCIENT MAYA CITIES OF THE EASTERN LOWLANDS. Brett A. Houk. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2015. Ancient Cities of the New World. 364 pp. with 70 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780813060637 In English.
Publisher's description: For more than a century researchers have studied Maya ruins, and sites like Tikal, Palenque, Copan, and Chichen Itza have shaped our understanding of the Maya. Yet cities of the eastern lowlands of Belize, an area that was home to a rich urban tradition that persisted and evolved for almost 2,000 years, are treated as peripheral to these great Classic period sites. The hot and humid climate and dense forests are inhospitable and make preservation of the ruins difficult, but this oft-ignored area reveals much about Maya urbanism and culture. Using data collected from different sites throughout the lowlands, including the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk presents the first synthesis of these unique ruins and discusses methods for mapping and excavating them. Considering the sites through the analytical lenses of the built environment and ancient urban planning, Houk vividly reconstructs their political history, considers how they fit into the larger political landscape of the Classic Maya, and examines what they tell us about Maya city building.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native Middle/South America — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 165570
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