Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reconstructing social shifts through monumental architecture: A Maya palace-temple case from Kiuic, Yucatan, Mexico
by Gallareta Cervera, Tomas, M.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010, 77; 1480129
Abstract (Summary)

Due to their hybrid nature, people and objects cannot be analyzed as separated entities; the changes in one entity are necessarily reflected in the other. Monumental architecture, an object constructed to last a long time in a defined space, becomes a receptacle of accumulated meaning, memory and the social identity of communities interacting with it in their daily life. By reconstructing the social biography of a Maya palace-temple, trough the building’s recovered architectonic sequence and its general characteristics, I explore the possible social implications in the life of ancient Maya dwellers though this structure’s 1800 years construction history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McAnany, Patricia
Commitee: Scarry, Margaret C., Tomakova, Silvia N.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology
Keywords: Classic Period, Maya, Memory, Mexico, Monumental architecture, Puuc, Yucatan
Publication Number: 1480129
ISBN: 978-1-124-17254-5
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