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The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction, and Power at Blue Creek, Belize
by Thomas H. Guderjan
University of Alabama Press, 2007
Cloth: 978-0-8173-1565-8 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5426-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8192-9
Library of Congress Classification F1435.1.B54G83 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 972.821

For two millennia, the site now known as Blue Creek in northwestern Belize was a Maya community that became an economic and political center that included some 15,000-20,000 people at its height. Fairly well protected from human destruction, the site offers the full range of city components including monumental ceremonial structures, elite and non-elite residences, ditched agricultural fields, and residential clusters just outside the core. Since 1992, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research team has intensively investigated Blue Creek in an integrated study of the dynamic structure and functional inter-relationships among the parts of a single Maya city. Documented in coverage by National Geographic, Archaeology magazine, and a documentary film aired on the Discovery Channel, Blue Creek is recognized as a unique site offering the full range of undisturbed architectural construction to reveal the mosaic that was the ancient city. Moving beyond the debate of what constitutes a city, Guderjan’s long-term research reveals what daily Maya life was like.

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