Domestic and political lives of classic maya elites: The excavation of rapidly abandoned structures at Aguateca, Guatemala

Takeshi Inomata, Daniela Triadan, Erick Ponciano, Estela Pinto, Richard E. Terry, Markus Eberl

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The Aguateca Archaeological Project conducted extensive excavations of elite residences at the Maya center of Aguateca, which was attacked by enemies and abandoned rapidly at the end of the Classic period. Burned buildings contained rich floor assemblages, providing extraordinary information on the domestic and political lives of Classic Maya elites. Each elite residence served for a wide range of domestic work, including the storage, preparation, and consumption of food, with a relatively clear division of male and female spaces. These patterns suggest that each of the excavated elite residences was occupied by a relatively small group, which constituted an important economic and social unit. In addition, elite residences were arenas where crucial processes of the operation of the polity and court unfolded through political gatherings, artistic production, and displays of power. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-330
Number of pages26
JournalLatin American Antiquity
Issue numberPART 3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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