Summary: Case Study in Archaeology, the Quilter Series This case study reconstructs and evaluates the sociopolitical system and culture history of a world famous Classic Maya Center in the highlands of Western Honduras, whose great temples, palaces, and carved monuments have been investigated since the 1830s. Using material from a series of archaeological excavations begun in 1975 that have focused on reconstructing the entire Copan Kingdom, this book presents to students for ...show more the first time an interpretation of the political, demographic, and agricultural history of the entire region. In addition, the case provides an extensive review of the methods used to reconstruct what happened at Copan. Students will have the opportunity to learn about what archaeologists do to reconstruct whole ancient systems, at the same time as they learn about what a well-known Maya kingdom was like, and what happened to it. This summary of the largest Maya settlement project conducted is a classic topic that all students need to be exposed to, and that is discussed in nearly every introductory book on the market today.