Name: AIA Lecture Series - January 2021
Location: Offsite Venue
Time: 01/21/2021 6:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Lecture

Title: Ancient Maya Economies: The Role of Small-Scale Craft Producers

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Horowitz, Washington State University

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm, via live Zoom webinar

Cost: Free Admission. *This lecture is sponsored by the Spokane Chapter of AIA and organized and scheduled by their board president, Dr. Andrew Goldman of Gonzaga University, and board member Cindy Bell.

How to Register: Please use this Zoom meeting link and following passcode to watch this lecture on the night of the program.


Location: This Lecture is Offered Off Campus as a Live Virtual Webinar

Program Abstract: Archaeological research on the Maya has a lengthy history. While much research has focused on Maya political organization, less is known about economic activities, as these were infrequently recorded by the Maya in their written text. This lecture explores the Classic period Maya economy (600-900 CE) from the viewpoint of small-scale crafters, particularly stone tool producers, to examine how they fit within the economic structures of large political centers. The Classic period Maya economy, much like our modern economy, contained a mixture of types of production activities and distribution mechanisms. Understanding how economies functioned allows us to discuss the role economies played in integrating individuals. Small-scale producers were both integrated into larger-scale economies and also maintained some independence from political instability through these activities. This lecture focuses on stone tool producers in the modern regions of western Belize and eastern Guatemala to provide a comparative perspective.  

About the Speaker: Rachel Horowitz is Assistant Professor with the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University, and was previously Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University.  She holds her degrees from Tulane University (Ph.D.), and Hamilton College, and her research interests are the Maya, Mesoamerica, economic and technological organization, lithic analysis, and landscape use.  Her recent publications include Global Perspectives on Lithic Technologies in Complex Societies (ed. with G. McCall, University of Colorado Press, 2019).

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