Eighth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium & Workshop
THE RISE OF THE MAYA CIVILIZATION
The ancient Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America reached a pinnacle of socio-political development and complexity during the first millennium AD. As one of the few examples of statehood in the ancient world, the manner in which this socio-political complexity developed is of great historical and anthropological interest. Recent research along the Mexican and Guatemalan Pacific coasts, in the Guatemalan highlands, in humid lowlands of the Peten, and in arid northern Yucatecan plain indicates that the development of this complexity took place much earlier in time than once previously thought. In fact, the emergence of kingdoms, a large noble class, complex systems of long-distance exchange, monumental architecture, and specialized artisans can best be understood by studying the first millennium BC of Maya prehistory. This conference will focus on this period to investigate how and why the Maya developed and sustained more than a thousand years of complex society across such a varied cutlural and environmental landscape.
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