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WARFARE, CERAMIC ECONOMY, AND THE ITZA

A reconsideration of the Itza polity in ancient Yucatan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2002

Travis W. Stanton
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, State University of New York, College at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063 USA
Tomás Gallareta Negrón
Affiliation:
Centro Regional de Yucatán, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Apartado Postal 1015, Mérida, Yucatán, México

Abstract

Models of polity organization in the northern Maya lowlands are often based on the distribution of ceramic types. These models do not account for crucial links between the processes of ceramic production, distribution, use, and discard and sociopolitical relationships. We discuss several models of ceramic economy. These models suggest that the distribution of some serving vessels may encode information concerning sociopolitical relationships. These models are evaluated in light of stratigraphic evidence from Yaxuna and Uxmal, in order to elucidate the nature of polity at Chichen Itza. We argue that the ceramic data are ambiguous concerning the proposed existence of a large conquest state centered on the capital.

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© 2001 Cambridge University Press

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