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    DescriptionThe farming community of Chan thrived for over twenty centuries, surpassing the longevity of many larger Maya urban centers. Between 800 BC and 1200 AD it was a major food production center, and this collection of essays reveals the important role played by Maya farmers in the development of ancient Maya society. "Chan" offers a synthesis of compelling and groundbreaking discoveries gathered over ten years of research at this one archaeological site in Belize. The contributors develop three central themes, which structure the book. They examine how sustainable farming practices maintained the surrounding forest, allowing the community to exist for two millennia. They trace the origins of elite Maya state religion to the complex religious belief system developed in small communities such as Chan. Finally, they describe how the group-focused political strategies employed by local leaders differed from the highly hierarchical strategies of the Classic Maya kings in their large cities. In breadth, methodology, and findings, this volume scales new heights in the study of Maya society and culture.


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    Title
    Chan
    Subtitle
    An Ancient Maya Farming Community
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Cynthia Robin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 392
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 155 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 728 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780813039831
    ISBN 10: 0813039835
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLC
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    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 85
    BISAC V2.8: HIS007000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLC
    DC22: 972.81
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    LC classification: F1435.3.A37 C43 2012
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    Thema V1.0: NK, NHK
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    University Press of Florida
    Imprint name
    University Press of Florida
    Publication date
    03 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Florida
    Author Information
    Cynthia Robin is associate professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and assistant curator at the Field Museum in Chicago. She is the coeditor of "Gender, Households, and Society."
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    "What stands out in the Chan research is the variability and complexity of the strategies for living in this small community--clearly not the faceless homogeneous masses at the bottom of the socio-economic scale, but a diverse group of people in households who were successful for some 2,000 years in maintaining a balance in the face of a changing political landscape around them"--Heather McKillop, author of "In Search of Maya Sea Traders" "This book is more than theory-building, it is paradigm-changing. Cynthia Robin and her colleagues have discovered how the farming village of Chan achieved sustainability in the tropics for two thousand years, in contrast to the three cities that emerged nearby but only lasted two hundred years and then collapsed. The successes of Chan in managing their rainforest, soils, population relative to resources, society, and religion embody lessons for today. There is no other book like it, clearly demonstrating from the ground up how a society can adapt to a challenging environment by understanding and respecting it, thereby avoiding the population explosions, environmental degradations and collapses of the competitive big cities."--Payson Sheets, University of Colorado, Boulder "Chan" offers a synthesis of compelling and groundbreaking discoveries gathered over ten years of research at a single archaeological site in Belize. The contributors develop three central themes, which structure the book. They examine how sustainable farming practices maintained the surrounding forest, allowing the community to thrive for two millennia. They trace the origins of elite Maya state religion to the complex religious belief system developed in small communities such as Chan. Finally, they describe how the group-focused political strategies employed by local leaders differed from the highly hierarchical strategies of the Classic Maya kings in their large cities. In breadth, methodology, and findings, this volume scales new heights in the study of Maya society and culture. Cynthia Robin is associate professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and assistant curator at the Field Museum in Chicago. She is the coeditor of "Gender, Households, and Society."""