The Maya of the Cochuah region : archaeological and ethnographic perspectives on the northern lowlands

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  • Creator edited by Justine M. Shaw
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2015. ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • xv, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
  • ISBNs 9780826348647, 0826348645, 9780826350909
  • OCLC ocn908084087


  • "In recent years the Cochuah region, the ancient breadbasket of the north-central Yucatecan lowlands, has been documented and analyzed by a number of archaeologists and cultural anthropologists. This book, the first major collection of data from those investigations, presents and analyzes findings on more than eighty sites and puts them in the context of the findings of other investigations from outside the area. It begins with archaeological investigations and continues with research on living peoples. Within the archaeological sections, historic and colonial chapters build upon those concerned with the Classic Maya, revealing the ebb and flow of settlement through time in the region as peoples entered, left, and modified their ways of life based upon external and internal events and forces. In addition to discussing the history of anthropological research in the area, the contributors address such issues as modern women's reproductive choices, site boundary definition, caves as holy places, settlement shifts, and the reuse of spaces through time"--


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-312) and index.


  • The Cochuah region and the CRAS Project / Justine M. Shaw -- The state of research in the Cochuah region of Quintana Roo / Linnea Wren and Travis Nygard -- Ceramic exchange in the Cochuah region / Dave Johnstone -- Contemplating carvings at the feet of Queen Chaak Kab : using mixed methodology to understand sculpture at Yo'okop / Travis Nygard, Kaylee Spencer, and Linnea Wren -- A monumental terminal classic sweatbath from Yo'okop / Justine M. Shaw -- Maya political organization during the terminal classic period in the Cochuah region, Quintana Roo, Mexico / Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young -- The problem of mobility in estimating the extent of terminal classic populations in the Cochuah region / Justine M. Shaw -- Artificial causeways : metaphors of power and death / Alberto G. Flores Colin -- Postclassic miniature shrines in the Cochuah region / Johan Normark -- Not only the home of the earth lord : Cochuah caves as holy places, holey spaces, and emergent wholes / Johan Normark -- Three churches, three causeways, and a miracle : relations between prehispanic and colonial settlements in Ichmul, Yucatán / Alberto G. Flores Colin -- Two places in time : a constructed landscape in the northwestern region of Yo'okop / Alejandra Badillo Sánchez -- Thirteen lingering discourses from Yucatán's past : political ecologies of birth in rural Yucatán / Veronica Miranda -- A tale of two projects : comparative findings of the CRAS and Yalahau projects / Jennifer P. Mathews
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