The Motul de San José Animals in an Economic Perspective

Kitty F. Emery

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:
The Motul de San José Animals in an Economic Perspective

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The animal remains recovered from the site of Motul de San José provide a valuable glimpse of the use of faunal resources within the boundaries of a polity capital. Local polity capitals such as Motul had access to animals from within their immediate landscape, and through trade and tribute, to those from much further afield. This chapter by Kitty F. Emery uses the Motul faunal assemblage to explore community-wide animal resource availability and use within the Motul landscape, and community- and status-related differentials in access to resources from both within and outside these political boundaries. The zooarchaeological studies identified that the lowest Rank 3 households probably provided hunted meat to the highest rank of royal elites, while Rank 2 secondary nobles like the royal elites consumed ritual animal species.

Keywords: Classic Maya; Zooarchaeology; Environment adaptation; Production

Chapter.  11186 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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