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The Archaeology of the Late Postclassic Maya Highlands

Greg Borgstede and Eugenia Robinson

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Archaeology of the Late Postclassic Maya Highlands

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This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Late Postclassic period in the Maya highlands. The Maya highlands contain a diverse and complex geography, a diversity that is represented in the material record. While archaeological and ethnohistoric evidence from the central Guatemalan highlands has long dominated discussion of the Late Postclassic period, research has shown that developments outside of this subregion were extremely variable and localized. A focus on the Quiché and Kaqchikel states has resulted in an important and rich body of evidence that has undeniable importance to Maya and Mesoamerica studies, as well as modern Maya peoples.

Keywords: Last Postclassic period; Maya highlands; Mesoamerican archaeology; Quiché; Kaqchikel

Article.  5867 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; Historical Archaeology

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