"What stands proud within the Chan learn is the range and complexity of the ideas for dwelling during this small community--clearly now not the faceless homogeneous plenty on the backside of the socio-economic scale, yet a various team of individuals in families who have been winning for a few 2,000 years in protecting a stability within the face of a altering political panorama round them"--Heather McKillop, writer of In seek of Maya Sea Traders

"This booklet is greater than theory-building, it's paradigm-changing. Cynthia Robin and her colleagues have chanced on how the farming village of Chan accomplished sustainability within the tropics for 2 thousand years, unlike the 3 towns that emerged within sight yet in basic terms lasted 2 hundred years after which collapsed. The successes of Chan in dealing with their rainforest, soils, inhabitants relative to assets, society, and faith embrace classes for this day. there is not any different booklet love it, in actual fact demonstrating from the floor up how a society can adapt to a difficult atmosphere through figuring out and respecting it, thereby heading off the inhabitants explosions, environmental degradations and collapses of the aggressive monstrous cities."--Payson Sheets, college of Colorado, Boulder

The farming neighborhood of Chan thrived for over twenty centuries, surpassing the toughness of many greater Maya city facilities. among 800 BC and 1200 advert it was once a tremendous meals construction middle, and this number of essays finds the real position performed via Maya farmers within the improvement of historical Maya society. 
Chan bargains a synthesis of compelling and groundbreaking discoveries collected over ten years of analysis at this one archaeological web site in Belize. The individuals increase 3 vital topics, which constitution the ebook. They research how sustainable farming practices maintained the encircling wooded area, permitting the neighborhood to exist for 2 millennia. They hint the origins of elite Maya nation faith to the advanced spiritual trust method built in small groups reminiscent of Chan. ultimately, they describe how the group-focused political suggestions hired by way of neighborhood leaders differed from the hugely hierarchical ideas of the vintage Maya kings of their huge cities. 
In breadth, method, and findings, this quantity scales new heights within the examine of Maya society and culture.

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