By Brett A. Houk

"Brings jointly for the 1st time the entire significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know how the traditional Maya deliberate and equipped their appealing towns. it is going to turn into either a guide and a resource of rules for different archaeologists for years to come."--George J. Bey III, coeditor of Pottery Economics in Mesoamerica

"Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development."--Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The move of strength: historical Water structures and Landscapes

"Any student drawn to city making plans and the outfitted setting will locate this publication enticing and useful."--Lisa J. Lucero, writer of Water and Ritual

For greater than a century researchers have studied Maya ruins, and websites like Tikal, Palenque, Copán, and Chichén Itzá have formed our knowing of the Maya. but towns of the jap lowlands of Belize, a space that was once domestic to a wealthy city culture that persevered and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are taken care of as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the recent and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make protection of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored zone finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

Using information amassed from assorted websites through the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk provides the 1st synthesis of those specific ruins and discusses equipment for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites during the analytical lenses of the equipped surroundings and historical city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political background, considers how they healthy into the bigger political panorama of the vintage Maya, and examines what they let us know approximately Maya urban building.

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