Agricultural Practices at Chan

Cynthia Robin

in Chan

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039831
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043753 | DOI:
Agricultural Practices at Chan

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This chapter explores the terrace agriculture and complex agricultural practices of Maya farmers at Chan. Stratigraphic excavations illustrate that terrace agriculture at Chan has a long history dating back to the Preclassic period and was developed by farmers who had a detailed knowledge of the local environment. This finding is contrary to the traditional assumption in Maya archaeology that terrace agriculture develops late in Maya history as a response to increasing populations or the tribute demands of states.

Keywords: Archaeology; Maya; Chan; Farmers; Agriculture; terrace agriculture; Preclassic period

Chapter.  6331 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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