By Brett A. Houk

"Brings jointly for the 1st time all of the significant websites of this a part of the Maya global and is helping us know the way the traditional Maya deliberate and equipped their attractive towns. it's going to develop 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 energy: old Water platforms and Landscapes

"Any student attracted to city making plans and the outfitted atmosphere 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 japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that used to be domestic to a wealthy city culture that endured and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are taken care of as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the new and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make renovation of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored zone finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

Using info accumulated from diverse websites during the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk offers the 1st synthesis of those detailed ruins and discusses tools for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites during the analytical lenses of the equipped surroundings and historic city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political historical past, 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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