February 15, 2017 - 6 pm: IMS Feature Presentation
The Crown Spoils: La Corona and the Hegemonic Rule of the Kaanul Kingdom,
with Marcello A. Canuto, Director of the Middle American Research Institute (MARI); Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane.
A central theme in Maya studies has been the interpretation and the use of models for the ancient capitals of the Classical Period. This talk discusses the variability of those systems political of the Classic period through both space and time. Indeed, this dynamism suggests that the categorization of certain sites as “Maya capitals” is too static to be used extensively. In fact, investigations at La Corona have demonstrated the extensive reuse and veneration of monuments, a practice the implies the ancient Maya were quite aware of the changing fortunes of political systems.