ALLY, CLIENT, or OUTPOST? EVALUATING the RELATIONSHIP between XUNANTUNICH and NARANJO in the LATE CLASSIC PERIOD

Jaime J. Awe, Christophe Helmke, Diane Slocum, Douglas Tilden

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Abstract

Investigations at Xunantunich indicate that this major Belize River Valley site rose rapidly to regional prominence during the Late Classic Hats' Chaak phase (a.d. 670-780). While the social, political, and economic reasons for Xunantunich's relatively late and rapid rise are still not fully understood, it has been suggested that this ascent was a direct result of either a patron-client relationship with, or owing to direct control by, the larger primary center of Naranjo in neighboring Guatemala. In this paper, we evaluate previous arguments for this proposed dynamic relationship between the two sites, and we discuss the political implications of more recently acquired data in our assessment of this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-506
Number of pages13
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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