By Arlen F. Chase, Prudence M. Rice
”A turning element within the examine of a space and a time which are an important to our wisdom of the Maya earlier than and through the conquest.”
—George Stuart, nationwide Geographic Society
Although Maya archaeology has witnessed virtually a century of labor in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, its fundamental concentration has been the Preclassic (ca. 2000 B.C. to A.D. 250) and vintage (ca. A.D. 250 to A.D. 900) classes. as a result of paucity of excavated information, the remedy of the Postclassic interval, what created it and the way it ended, has been mostly hypothetical and romanticized. This choice of unique and unpublished study represents a tremendous leap forward in knowing the period from the top of vintage Maya civilization to the Spanish conquest.
The quantity provides a completely up to date photograph of Postclassic Maya civilization within the Southern Lowlands. The foremost concentration is at the conventional heartland of the vintage Maya, however the components that border this area also are thought of so one can position the Postclassic Maya right into a broader context. The Maya cave in, previously noticeable as having prompted a nearly overall void within the Southern Lowlands, is basically disavowed in the course of the archaeological info awarded. those reports emphasize the colourful and altering caliber of Postclassic Maya society ahead of the onset of Spanish domination. additionally they exemplify the recent study instructions and difficulties which are being investigated in the Maya discipline.
The basic approach to drawing close the Postclassic interval for the individuals during this quantity has been via archaeological research and research. a powerful infusion of ethnohistoric info is, besides the fact that, additionally current as an relief to interpretation. In a few cases, the conjunction of ethnohistoric and archaeological info has led to a reinterpretation of the extant ethnohistory in addition to the delineation of speciﬁc difficulties for destiny archaeological research.
Arlen F. Chase is traveling assistant professor of anthropology on the collage of vital Florida in Orlando. Prudence M. Rice is affiliate professor of anthropology on the college of Florida and affiliate curator of archaeology on the Florida country Museum in Gainesville.
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Several sets of these so-called Atlantean statues, also of varying sizes, were likewise found at Tula. ) Page 13 In short, for all the other uncertainties associated with the two sets of ruins, the most casual tourist, even now, visiting one site after the other, reexperiences, as Charnay had in the nineteenth century, a strange sense of connectedness between these two far-spaced architectural spaces. Moreover, among the more scholarly ranks, no generation of Middle Americanists since the emergence of the field has declined to offer its own characteristic set of solutions to the apparent mystery and anomaly of the sister-city coincidence.
There is, most assuredly, a remarkable resemblance between the respective ruins of Tula and Chichén Itzá. In Charnay's wake, scholars would be arguing for decades that the uncanny similitude in architectures the leitmotif of this entire book issues not only in the unmistakable serpent columns and balustrades, but also in a full range of architectural features that are manifest at Chichén Itzá, at Tula, and, so it appeared, nowhere in between. The principal public plaza in the northern sector of the Yucatán capital, for instance, the socalled Gran Nivelación or "Toltec" Chichén Itzá, while bigger, more complex, and more eclectic than its Central Mexican counterpart, adheres to the same general approach to architectural space that characterizes the main plaza of Tula.
The first two chapters, which traffic more heavily in the history of ideas and the politics of knowledge, belong largely to the so-called hermeneutics of suspicion. They work to survey and expose the unexamined presuppositions that have sustained the enduring polemic. 9 Thus, the final and longer two chapters, which strive to avoid the pitfalls mapped out in the discussion that precedes them, embrace the more constructive and heuristic sort of approach that will enable me to launch my own alternative hypotheses regarding the resemblance of these two architectures.