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“Brings jointly for the 1st time the entire significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know the way the traditional Maya deliberate and outfitted their appealing towns. it is going to develop 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 movement of strength: historical Water structures and Landscapes
“Any student drawn to city making plans and the equipped setting will locate this ebook attractive 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 jap lowlands of Belize, a space that used to be domestic to a wealthy city culture that continued and advanced 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 sector finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

utilizing info amassed from diversified websites through the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk provides the 1st synthesis of those certain ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites in the course of the analytical lenses of the equipped surroundings and old city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political background, 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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