The Postclassic Maya consisted of a small number of militaristic states occupying lowland Mesoamerica in Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, from approximately 1230 to 480 BP (770-1550 AD.) It followed the Classic Maya tradition and preceded the historic period. Diagnostic architectural features of this tradition included round public buildings, colonnaded halls, shaped ball-courts, and four-stairway temples. Pottery styles varied regionally. The economy was primarily based on agriculture. The society has been characterized as having major social inequalities indicated by the presence of a hereditary elite and slaves.
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Middle America and the Caribbean --Maya Area
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