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VIRTUAL - Ancient Maya Marketplaces: Hubs of Interaction and Integration
March 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm EDT Central Time
This is an online event.
AIA Society: Southwest Texas (San Antonio)
Online Lecture by Bernadette Cap, currently the 2020-2022 Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at SAMA
The identification of marketplaces among the Classic Maya has come late for several reasons, one of which is that they were most often open-air events in which perishable, temporary stalls were created and thus challenging to find archaeologically. Their discovery however, has caused major changes to our understandings of the complex ways in which the Maya interacted and were integrated. This lecture explores the ways in which Classic Maya marketplaces (AD 500-900) served to provide staple goods for households and could be influential in the political strategies of Maya rulers. Marketplaces at the sites of Buenavista del Cayo and Xunantunich located 5 km from each other in the Mopan River valley of Belize are discussed in detail. The extensive research strategy applied at these sites has contributed to settling the debate as to the existence of Classic Maya marketplaces and addresses questions about their diversity.
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