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ANARKY Talk: "Development, Integration, and Decline of the Site Core Settlement at the ancient Maya centre of Minanha, Belize"

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
Earth Sciences 859

Matthew Longstaffe (PhD student)

Please join us for our first talk of the term. This noon hour weekly departmental lecture series provides students and faculty the opportunity to present original research, while honing their networking and presentation skills. We also occasionally have guest speakers from off-campus or outside of the department in the series.

A big round of thanks to our first speaker of the year: Matthew Longstaffe (PhD student) who will be presenting: "Development, Integration, and Decline of the Site Core Settlement at the ancient Maya centre of Minanha, Belize"

Abstract: Over the span of its occupation, the ancient Maya centre of Minanha underwent dramatic changes in its political, economic, and social environment, marked by the establishment of a royal court during the Late Classic period (AD 675-810). Situated in west-central Belize, Minanha was the subject of research by Trent University’s Social Archaeology Research Program (SARP) from 1998 until 2013. As a component of the broader program of research at Minanha, a study of the material record of the commoner community situated within the Site Core of Minanha generated a robust data set of fine enough resolution to consider the many factors that contributed to the social, political, and economic dynamics of, not only this particular settlement, but also, the center as a whole. The material inventory and nature of this Site Core settlement indicate that, throughout its existence, this community was richly textured, inhabited by an array of individuals and families engaged in a range of different economic activities, socio-political relationships, diverse ritual practices, and with differential access to resources. Exploring the integrative strategies of these Site Core households, from their initial occupation to their abandonment, has clarified the role of, and response this commoner community had to, both the rise, and the fall of the Minanha city-state, and underpin an argument for differential household responses to socio-political change (or “collapse”). 

Everyone welcome!