Learning from an Ancient Maya Farming Community

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:
Learning from an Ancient Maya Farming Community

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This chapter provides a summary of and conclusion to the book and the archaeology work at Chan. The 2000-year history of the Maya farming community of Chan is instructive of the intellectual breadth and innovative nature of life in a farming community. Chan's residents innovated sustainable agriculture and forest management strategies that were among the environmentally effective strategies that enabled the establishment of a long-lived community. Avoidance of extremes of wealth and power, more equitable distribution of goods, consistency in health, and development of a communal focus in ritual and politics are some of the socially effective strategies established by residents.

Keywords: Archaeology; Maya; Chan; farming community; community; agriculture; sustainable agriculture

Chapter.  13469 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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