In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at by Marilyn A. Masson

By Marilyn A. Masson

The winning view of the lowland Maya throughout the Postclassic interval (A.D. 1050-1500) has been considered one of an impoverished, "degenerated" society with out cultural accomplishment. besides the fact that, Marilyn A. Masson deals a clean interpretation of this society as person who represented a posh, refined, huge association of semiautonomous devices that have been heavily built-in, but embraced a decentralized political economy.

In the world of Nachan Kan opens a window on Postclassic Maya styles of cultural improvement and association via an in depth exam of the small rural island of Laguna de On, a position that was once far-off from the governing political facilities of the day. utilizing diachronic research of neighborhood cost styles, ceramic traditions, family and formality beneficial properties, and artifacts from the location, Masson tracks developmental adjustments through the Postclassic interval. those facts recommend that prosperous styles of financial creation and native and long-distance alternate have been verified inside of northern Belize by way of the 11th century, and persisted to strengthen, nearly uninterrupted, until eventually the time of Spanish arrival.

In addition, Masson analyzes modern political and spiritual creative traditions on the temples of Mayapan, Tulum, and Santa Rita to supply a local context for the alterations in neighborhood styles at Laguna de On. those cultural alterations, she continues, are heavily correlated with the increase of Mayapan to energy and participation of web sites like Laguna de On in a pan-lowland fiscal and formality interplay sphere. delivering a completely new interpretation of Postclassic Mayan civilization. In the area of Nachan Kan is a needs to for students of Mesoamerican heritage and culture.

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At least twelve architectural complexes (temple/long structure/altar complex) identified at Mayapan may correspond to Landa’s description of twelve families of priests and nobles residing there (Tozzer 1941: 40; Fox 1987: 24). Burials found beneath longhouse shrines at Mayapan and in the highlands (Fox 1987: 25) suggest the importance of lineage power at these communities. Different investigators tallying structural “groups” or “types” at Mayapan tend to come up with a range of numerical figures.

3. Postclassic settlements along the New River include Lamanai (Pendergast 1981), San Estevan (Daniel Finamore, personal communication 1997), and NR5 (Daniel Finamore, personal communication 1997). 3. Along the Freshwater Creek drainage, the sites of Laguna de On, Pucte, Caye Coco, Progresso, and the Last Resort site are located along the creek and its intermittent lagoons (Thompson 1939; Masson and Rosenswig 1998). 3. These aquatic features include relatively self-contained lagoons like Laguna de On, as well as coastal locations.

XXXII, cap. VI). Most of northern Belize and part of the Belize Valley area spoke Yucatec in Classic period times (Schele 1989: 7, Figure 5), as inscriptions transcribed from these areas spell out Yucatec words. This linguistic distribution provides important information about political alliance, social interaction spheres, and economic exchange that should be reflected in the archaeological record. In the Late Classic and Terminal Classic/Early Postclassic periods, a vicinity around Laguna Bacalar was referred to as Siyancan-Bakhalal, which means “sky-born, surrounded by reeds” (Schele 1995).

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