By Edward Schortman, Patricia Urban
Describing the cloth and behavioral styles bearing on the overdue Postclassic interval utilizing elements of 3 settlements within the Naco Valley of northwestern Honduras, the ebook makes a speciality of how contests for energy formed political constructions. Power-seeking contributors, together with yet no longer limited to ruling elites, relied on networks of allies to aid their political pursuits. Ongoing and in part winning competitions waged inside networks resulted in the incorporation of unique principles and imported goods into the day-by-day practices of all Naco Valley occupants. the end result was once a delicate hierarchical constitution endlessly at risk of the projects of brokers working on neighborhood and far-off stages.
Networks of Power describes who used to be fascinated about those competitions and during which networks they participated; what assets have been mustered inside those webs; which initiatives have been fueled via those resources; and the way, and to what quantity, they contributed to the fulfillment of political goals.
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Additional info for Networks of Power: Political Relations in the Late Postclassic Naco Valley
These new questions, coupled with the very likely prospect that the settlement would soon be overwhelmed by plowing and construction, led us to devote much of the 1990 field season to excavating Site PVN 306. In the end, thirty-four of the recorded buildings and nine of the artifact scatters were dug, along with a series of test pits sunk in areas lacking surface evidence of ancient activities (647 m2 cleared in all). Investigations at Site PVN 144, whose nineteen structures and twelve recorded artifact scatters lie between Naco itself and Site PVN 306, were also spurred by accidental discoveries.
Like Nolasco and La Victoria examples, Chinautla vessels are commonly supported by three modeled legs; it is unclear if the polychromes from the Naco valley were also elevated in this manner. These general resemblances in form and decoration most likely represent common participation in interaction nets through which broadly similar pottery vessels and their canons of decoration moved during the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries across the southeastern and eastern Maya highlands and western Honduras (Sharer 1978: 66; see also Wauchope’s “Bright Paint Style,” 1970: 108, 110–112).
Approximately 80 percent of this terrain consists of fertile Mollisols capable of supporting productive agriculture (Anderson 1994; Douglass 2002: 22–23). The remainder is divided between Entisols and Oxisols, the last of which is marginal at best for crop growth (Anderson 1994; Douglass 2002: 22–23). The sites of Naco and PVN 144 occupy Mollisols, whereas the soils on which Site PVN 306 was raised were not classified (Douglass 2002: 24). Assessments of land use during 1988 and 1990, coupled with local informant reports, suggest that the river terrace supporting the latter settlement was capable of sustained cropping in the past.