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By Brett A. Houk

"Brings jointly for the 1st time all of the significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know how the traditional Maya deliberate and outfitted their appealing towns. it is going to turn into either a instruction manual and a resource of principles 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 circulation of strength: historic Water platforms and Landscapes

"Any student drawn to city making plans and the outfitted atmosphere will locate this ebook enticing 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 figuring out of the Maya. but towns of the japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that was once domestic to a wealthy city culture that endured and developed for nearly 2,000 years, are taken care of as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the recent and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make maintenance of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored quarter finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

Using facts amassed from diversified websites during the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk offers the 1st synthesis of those distinctive ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites during the analytical lenses of the equipped atmosphere and historic city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political historical past, 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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