1st Edition

The Technology of Maya Civilization
Political Economy Amd Beyond in Lithic Studies

ISBN 9781845535087
Published August 21, 2014 by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The ancient Maya shaped their world with stone tools. Lithic artifacts helped create the cityscape and were central to warfare and hunting, craft activities, cooking, and ritual performance. 'The Technology of Maya Civilization' examines Maya lithic artefacts made of chert, obsidian, silicified limestone, and jade to explore the relationship between ancient civilizations and natural resources. The volume presents case studies of archaeological sites in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. The analysis draws on innovative anthropological theory to argue that stone artefacts were not merely cultural products but tools that reproduced, modified, and created the fabric of society.

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Zachary X. Hruby is an Instructor in the Department of Anthropology, Humboldt State University, California.