Since the 1930s, archaeologists have uncovered startling
evidence of interaction between the Early Classic Maya and the
great empire of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico. Yet the exact nature
of the relationship between these two ancient Mesoamerican
civilizations remains to be fully deciphered. Many scholars have
assumed that Teotihuacan colonized the Maya region and dominated
the political or economic systems of certain key centers-perhaps
even giving rise to state-level political organizations. Others
argue that Early Classic rulers merely traded with Teotihuacan and
skillfully manipulated its imported exotic goods and symbol sets to
increase their prestige.
Moving beyond these traditional assumptions, the contributors to
this volume present extensive new evidence from archaeology,
iconography, and epigraphy to offer a more nuanced understanding of
the interaction between the Early Classic Maya and Teotihuacan.
Investigating a range of Maya sites, including Kaminaljuyu, Copán,
Tikal, Altun Ha, and Oxkintok, they demonstrate that the influence
of Teotihuacan on the Maya varied in nature and duration from site
to site, requiring a range of models to explain the patterns of
interaction. Moreover, they show that the interaction was
bidirectional and discuss how the Maya in turn influenced
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