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Living With The Ancestors: Kinship And Kingship In Ancient Maya Society
"This is a brilliant book. In fact, it is probably one of the best books ever written about the ancient Maya and certainly one of the most important. . . . The quality and originality of [McAnany's] work have given us a whole new context for consideration and laid the groundwork for a level of discussion unfamiliar to Maya archaeology. I look forward to the exciting dialog ...more
Published January 1st 2000 by University of Texas Press
(first published January 1st 1994)
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An important book for suggesting the importance of kinship ideas and organization to prehispanic Maya society and the role of kinship ideology in the creation of Maya chiefdoms and kingship. Not well put together, either leaving too much archaeological evidence out or getting into tangents. Nonetheless, an important work in reframing Maya archaeology through a cultural and not materialistic/ecological lens.