In Search of an Ancient Maya Market

@article{Dahlin2007InSO,
  title={In Search of an Ancient Maya Market},
  author={Bruce H. Dahlin and Christopher T. Jensen and Richard E. Terry and David R. Wright and Timothy P. Beach},
  journal={Latin American Antiquity},
  year={2007},
  volume={18},
  pages={363 - 384}
}
Market economies are notoriously difficult to identify in the archeological record. This is particularly true in the subtropical Maya lowlands of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize because most utilitarian items and consumables were made of highly perishable materials. We explore the hypothesis that ancient marketplaces can be identified through analysis of chemical residues in soils from open and easily accessible spaces in and about ancient Maya cities. We compared soil chemical signatures from a… 
ANCIENT MAYA MARKETS AND THE ECONOMIC INTEGRATION OF CARACOL, BELIZE
Abstract Modeling Classic period social and economic systems of the ancient Maya has proven difficult for a number of reasons, including sampling, preservation, and interpretational biases. As more
CRAFT PRODUCTION IN A CENTRAL MEXICAN MARKETPLACE
  • K. Hirth
  • Sociology
    Ancient Mesoamerica
  • 2009
Abstract The marketplace was an important institution for household provisioning and elite resource conversion in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica. Despite their importance, marketplaces are difficult to
Ahead of its time?
Classic Maya sites in the lowlands of the Yucatan Peninsula are generally known for their monumental art and architecture in central sacrosanct spaces, and their political economies are believed to
The Domestic Economy of Caracol, Belize: Articulating with the Institutional Economy in an Ancient Maya Urban Setting
Ancient Maya households at Caracol were both linked to elaborate trade networks and were largely self-sufficient during the Late Classic Period (C.E. 550-790). The inhabitants of the site’s plazuela
The Dirt on the Ancient Maya: Soil Chemical Investigations of Ancient Maya Marketplaces
The Dirt on the Ancient Maya: Soil Chemical Investigations of Ancient Maya Marketplaces Daniel Aaron Bair Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences Master of Science Various criteria or lines of
Geochemical Analysis of Ancient Activities at Two Plazas in Cobá, Mexico
Geochemical Analysis of Ancient Activities at Two Plazas in Cobá, Mexico Eric G. Coronel Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, BYU Master of Science Two plazas at Cobá, Mexico, may have been the
Caracol, Belize, and Changing Perceptions of Ancient Maya Society
Archaeological research at Caracol, an ancient Maya site that was rediscovered in 1937, has become a major resource in the interpretation and understanding of the ancient Maya. Caracol, in
Geochemical analysis of Late Classic and Post Classic Maya marketplace activities at the Plazas of Cobá, Mexico
Abstract Lines of evidence for ancient exchange plazas may include trade routes and trade artifacts, urban open space near public structures, and rock alignments denoting market stalls, but regular
Ritual or residential? An integrated approach to geochemical prospection for understanding the use of plaza spaces at Palmarejo, Honduras
Patios and plazas represent two of the most common types of open space found at ancient Mesoamerican settlements. Patios tended to serve as areas for household activities, while plazas were commonly
Late Classic (A.D. 600–900) Maya Market Exchange: Analysis of Figurines from the Motul de San José Region, Guatemala
Abstract Archaeologists studying ancient state societies often divide political economic models into separate prestige goods and subsistence goods systems. For the Maya during the Late Classic period
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 106 REFERENCES
RECONSTRUCTING AGRICULTURAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AT CHUNCHUCMIL, YUCATAN, MEXICO
The Pakbeh Regional Economy Program is studying the vexing questions of economic life among the ancient Maya in northwestern Yucatan, Mexico. The region constitutes an ideal laboratory in which to
The Distributional Approach
  • K. Hirth
  • Economics
    Current Anthropology
  • 1998
Archaeologists working in Mesoamerica have long recognized the importance and antiquity of marketplaces and market exchange in the organization and integration of pre‐Hispanic society. Most
Punta Canbalam in Context
Abstract Investigations at Punta Canbalam on the Gulf Coast of Campeche reveal it is probably the largest of several important but underreported trading sites on the pan-Mesoamerican maritime trade
Soil Constraints on Northwest Yucatan, Mexico: Pedoarchaeology and Maya Subsistence at Chunchucmil
The soils and subsistence of ancient Maya Chunchucmil in northwestern Yucatan are the focus of this paper. Today and historically, the population and crop yields here have been very low.
Comments on Drennan's “Long Distance Transport Costs in Pre‐Hispanic Mesoamerica”
In addition to the goods brought in from the neighbouring villages there are some from considerable distances offered for sale by the Tarasco peddlers, the so-called huacaleros (crate-carriers).
Markets in Oaxaca
"Markets in Oaxaca" is a study of the regional peasant marketing system in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. It relates the marketing system to other aspects of the regional economy, to neighboring
Specialization, Market Exchange, and the Aztec State: A View From Huexotla [and Comments and Reply]
Archaeological data from Huexotla, an Aztec-period site in the Valley of Mexico, are used to test the proposition that Mexican states arose and expanded to facilitate specialization and market
The Barricade and Abandonment of Chunchucmil: Implications for Northern Maya Warfare
  • B. Dahlin
  • Environmental Science
    Latin American Antiquity
  • 2000
Abstract A long low mound of rubble incompletely surrounds part of the central zone at the Classic Period site of Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico. This wall was hastily built from stone robbed from
Chemical Analyses of Ancient Anthrosols in Residential Areas at Piedras Negras, Guatemala
Recent chemical analyses of ancient anthrosols in Mesoamerica and elsewhere demonstrate the explanatory value of these investigative techniques and also point out some of the problems that challenge
...
1
2
3
4
5
...