Maya Palaces and Elite Residences


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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Elite Residences at Blue Creek, Belize (Thomas H. Guderjan, Robert J. Lichtenstein, and C. Colleen Hanratty)
  • 2. At Court in Copan: Palace Groups of the Early Classic (Loa P. Traxler)
  • 3. A Multipurpose Structure in the Late Classic Palace at Copan (E. Wyllys Andrews V, Jodi L. Johnson, William F. Doonan, Gloria E. Everson, Kathryn E. Sampeck, and Harold E. Starratt)
  • 4. Palaces of the Royal Court at Tikal (Peter D'Arcy Harrison)
  • 5. The Political Acquisition of Sacred Geography: The Murciélagos Complex at Dos Pilas (Arthur Demarest, Kim Morgan, Claudia Wolley, and Héctor Escobedo)
  • 6. Where Did Elites Live? Identifying Elite Residences at Aguateca, Guatemala (Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan)
  • 7. Access Patterns in Maya Royal Precincts (Rodrigo Liendo Stuardo)
  • 8. Evidence for the Functions and Meanings of Some Northern Maya Palaces (Jeff Karl Kowalski)
  • 9. The Function of a Maya Palace at Yaxuna: A Contextual Approach (James N. Ambrosino)
  • 10. Palace and Society in the Northern Maya Lowlands (Edward B. Kurjack)
  • 11. The Tripartite Layout of Rooms in Maya Elite Residences: Symbolic Centering, Ritual Mediating, and Historical Governing (Jessica Joyce Christie)
  • 12. Conclusions (Jessica Joyce Christie)
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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Brings together state-of-the-art data and analysis regarding the occupants, ritual and residential uses, and social and cosmological meanings of Maya palaces and elite residences

About the Author

Jessica Joyce Christie is Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Art at East Carolina University.


"This volume will become a standard reference in the literature of Maya studies and, more broadly, Mesoamerican archaeology... Collectively, the articles touch on a wide range of epistemological, theoretical, and historical issues that have been recently raised concerning Maya palaces." David Freidel, Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, Southern Methodist University " ... an important contribution to the study of the Maya." Minerva

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