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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Freidel, David A.
Kingship in the Late Preclassic Maya lowlands: the instruments and places of ritual power
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
American anthropologist -- Vol. 90
Published By: Original publisher
American anthropologist -- Vol. 90
Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc.. 1988. 547-567 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
David A. Freidel and Linda Schele
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2001. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Preclassic Maya (NY52)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Visual arts (5311);
Chief executive (643);
Spirits and gods (776);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In this article, Freidal and Schele explore the Preclassic origins of Mayan kingship, the institution of AHAW. They argue that the institution developed in the first century B.C. to accommodate contradictions between an egalitarian ethos and emerging elite. This change happened prior to the collapse of Preclassic society and manifested itself in the sudden surge of construction that occurred in the Late Preclassic lowland centers. Freidal and Schele surmise that Late Preclassic society collapsed because it failed to develop principles and a system for succession. The authors also read into the Late Preclassic iconography the Classic symbols associated with AHAW, such as the QUINCUNX glyph, a symbol for ruling office, and the Jester God, a semantic determinative of AHAW.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 564-567)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Ian Skoggard ; 2000
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mayas -- Antiquities