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Understanding Early Classic Copan / Edition 1

Understanding Early Classic Copan / Edition 1


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The first volume to focus on the Early Classic context (A.D. 400-650) of the Maya city of Copán combines and synthesizes many different research methods and disciplines, interpreting data that contradict, enhance, and supplement previous work. Its methods are conjunctive, including and integrating research in archaeological surveys and excavations with studies in art, hieroglyphics, history, forensic/biological anthropology, and chemical analyses of teeth, bones, and other materials. The book is not just multidisciplinary but interdisciplinary, linking, for example, the architecture of monuments with epigraphy, language concepts, and human events.

Until recently, scholars speculated as to whether K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' was an alleged or fictitious founding father of the Copán dynasty. This work presents new information on him and his accomplishments, showing how we almost certainly now have his skeleton with its parry fractures from the battlefield or the ball court, along with abundant descriptions of this and other burials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931707510
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press - University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ellen E. Bell received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Marcello A. Canuto is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Yale University. Robert J. Sharer is Professor of Anthropology and Curator of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Table of Contents

Understanding Early Classic Copan: A Classic Maya Center and Its Investigation1
ISettlement and Landscape
1The Early Classic Copan Landscape: A View from the Preclassic17
2The Rural Settlement of Copan: Changes Through the Early Classic29
IIArchitecture at Early Classic Copan
3Redesigning Copan: Early Architecture of the Polity Center53
4Setting the Stage: Origins of the Hieroglyphic Stairway Plaza on the Great Period Ending65
5Initial Stages in the Formation of the Copan Acropolis85
6Rosalila, Temple of the Sun-King101
7Measures of Power: The Energetics of Royal Construction at Early Classic Copan113
IIIEarly Classic Tombs at Copan and Their Investigation
8Tombs and Burials in the Early Classic Acropolis at Copan131
9Early Classic Ceramic Offerings at Copan: A Comparison of the Hunal, Margarita, and Sub-Jaguar Tombs159
10Tombs from the Copan Acropolis: A Life History Approach191
IVThe Epigraphy and Iconography of Early Classic Copan
11The Beginnings of the Copan Dynasty: A Review of the Hieroglyphic and Historical Evidence215
12Early Classic Sculptural Development at Copan249
13Structure 10L-16 and Its Early Classic Antecedents: Fire and the Evocation and Resurrection of K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'265
VEarly Classic Copan from a Regional Perspective
14External Interaction at Early Classic Copan297
15Marching Out of Step: Early Classic Copan and Its Honduran Neighbors319
16The Early Classic and Its Antecedents at Kaminaljuyu: A Complex Society with Complex Problems337
17Primary and Secondary State Formation in Southern Mesoamerica357

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