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    DescriptionDeep within the forest in northern Guatemala lie the ruins of Rio Azul, a Maya city that reached one-third the size of Tikal. Discovered and partially explored in the early 1960s, Rio Azul and the surrounding region were more fully investigated between 1983 and 1987 by an archaeological team led by Richard E. W. Adams. In this summary, Adams integrates the findings of field archaeologists with those of the epigraphers and art historians to recreate the life of this Maya city from the little-known Early Classic period.Remains in the Rio Azul area date from 900 B.C. to A.D. 850. The data indicate that, unlike most Maya cities that have been studied, Rio Azul was a frontier town, an administrative center, with alternating defense and trade outpost functions. About A.D. 385, the Rio Azul region was conquered and the city founded by Tikal, serving as a Teotihuacan-linked garrison for that capital. Nearly all of the more than seven hundred structures found within Rio Azul were erected between A.D. 390 and 530.Acres of pavement were laid down around some thirty complexes of residences, temples, and tombs notable for the brightly painted red hieroglyphs and murals on their walls. The elaborate complexes and sumptuous artifacts suggest a city with a heavy proportion of aristocratic families and retainers.Around A.D. 530, Rio Azul appears to have been suddenly destroyed. The city was abandoned, then reoccupied--only to stagnate and finally collapse, like many other Classic Maya cities, in the late ninth century.


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    Title
    Rio Azul
    Subtitle
    An Ancient Maya City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard E. W. Adams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 626 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780806130767
    ISBN 10: 0806130768
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCG
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 03
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A17782400
    DC21: 972.81016
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 972.81/2, 972.812
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: F1435.1, F1435.1.R56 A33 1999
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Imprint name
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Publication date
    31 December 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Oklahoma