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Patricia Ann McAnany
Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Economic Process in Ancient Maya Societies

This proposal seeks funding for research/writing time that culminates in the first comprehensive book on ancient Maya economic process. Proposed study highlights the entanglement of economic practices with political, social, and ideological activities. Epigraphic information about Maya royalty is integrated with archaeological materials that are sensitive to the agency of those living beyond the shadow of the pyramid. A social practice approach facilitates focus on the performance of economic activities. Featured topics include the origins of corvée labor; gendered labor and the political economy of feasting; landscape cognition and land use; tributary obligations expressed in hieroglyphic texts; and the circulation of desired goods.

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Project fields:

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2005 – 12/31/2005