The ancient Maya created one of the most studied and best-known civilizations of the Americas. Nevertheless, Maya civilization is often considered either within a vacuum, by sub-region and according to modern political borders, or with reference to the most important urban civilizations of central Mexico. Seldom if ever are the Maya and their Central American neighbors of El Salvador and Honduras considered together, despite the fact that they engaged in mutually beneficial trade, intermarried, and sometimes made war on each other. The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors seeks to fill this lacuna by presenting original research on the archaeology of the whole of the Maya area (from Yucatan to the Maya highlands of Guatemala), western Honduras, and El Salvador.

With a focus on settlement pattern analyses, architectural studies, and ceramic analyses, this ground breaking book provides a broad view of this important relationship allowing readers to understand ancient perceptions about the natural and built environment, the role of power, the construction of historical narrative, trade and exchange, multiethnic interaction in pluralistic frontier zones, the origins of settled agricultural life, and the nature of systemic collapse. 

chapter 1|22 pages

The ancient Maya and their Central American neighbors

ByGeoffrey E. Braswell

part |2 pages

Part II The highlands of Guatemala

part |2 pages

Part IV The eastern periphery of Belize

chapter 10|63 pages

The dynastic history and archaeology of Pusilha, Belize

ByChristian M. Prager, Beniamino Volta, Geoffrey E. Braswell

chapter 11|25 pages

Follow the leader: Fine Orange pottery systems in the Maya lowlands

ByJames J. Aimers

part |2 pages

Part V Yucatan

chapter 12|21 pages

The role and realities of popol nahs in northern Maya archaeology

ByGeorge J. Bey III and Rossana May Ciau

chapter 13|47 pages

Alternative narratives and missing data: refining the chronology of Chichen Itza

ByBeniamino Volta, Geoffrey E. Braswell

part |2 pages

Part VI Before and beyond: a comparative perspective

chapter 14|21 pages

Peer-polity interaction in the Norte Chico, Peru, 3000–1800 BC

ByWinifred Creamer, Jonathan Haas, Allen Rutherford