Regroup On “E-Groups”: Monumentality and Early Centers in the Middle Preclassic Maya Lowlands

@article{Doyle2012RegroupO,
  title={Regroup On “E-Groups”: Monumentality and Early Centers in the Middle Preclassic Maya Lowlands},
  author={James A. Doyle},
  journal={Latin American Antiquity},
  year={2012},
  volume={23},
  pages={355 - 379}
}
  • J. Doyle
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • Sociology
  • Latin American Antiquity
Abstract For nearly a century, scholars have used astronomical evidence to explain the Lowland Maya architectural type known as “E-Groups” as solar observatories and, by extension, as locations for rituals related to solar and agricultural cycles. This article departs from the usual focus on the observational properties of E-Groups and places them in the context of early Maya monumentality during the Middle Preclassic period. Specifically, E-Groups are seen as the earliest monumental social… 
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