The incredible achievements of the Classic lowland Maya civilization and the subsequent disappearance of that culture have stimulated one of the greatest controversies of modern prehistory. A central element in the controversy is the role of the tropical forest lands in Maya agriculture and subsistence, and the purpose of this study is to identify
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Lowland Maya Agriculture -- The Río Bec Region -- Río Bec Terraces and Related Features -- Río Bec Slope and Maya Agriculture: Interpretations and Perspectives -- Appendixes -- Data for Mapped Terraced Sites -- Maps of Terraced Sites* -- Forest Transects to Identify Terraces -- Typological Identification and Phasing of Ceramics from Terraced Sites
Dr. B. L. Turner II is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His special interest is cultural ecology.