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History, Politics, and Ceramics: The Ceramic Sequence of Trinidad de Nosotros, El Petén, Guatemala

Matthew D. Moriarty

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0007
History, Politics, and Ceramics: The Ceramic Sequence of Trinidad de Nosotros, El Petén, Guatemala

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The last decades of the seventh century AD witnessed a dramatic upheaval in the structure and organization of lowland Maya politics, including Tikal's return to prominence. Recent investigations by the MSJ Project have revealed that Motul's ascendancy as a major center likely occurred during this interval and that its emergence as a political power may have resulted, in part, from the major forces reshaping and restructuring other areas of the Maya lowlands. This chapter by Matthew D. Moriarty examines Late Classic developments from the perspective of the pottery of Trinidad de Nosotros, a port subsidiary to Motul during this epoch. Trinidad's long history of development as part of the larger Lake Petén Itzá interaction zone as well as its placement, intermediate between Motul and this zone, make the site an ideal starting point for considering the development of the Late Classic Motul polity. Comparisons between Trinidad and Motul reveal significant differences in site layout and organization but also suggest some of the ways in which Motul's rulers may have co-opted local traditions as part of comprehensive political strategies.

Keywords: Classic Maya; archaeology; port of trade; political organization; ceramic analysis; ceramic chronology

Chapter.  10539 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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