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How the Maya Built Their World

How the Maya Built Their World - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292704626

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ISBN13: 978-0292704626
ISBN10: 0292704623
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1994
International: No

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How the Maya Built Their World - 94 edition

ISBN13: 978-0292704626

Abrams

ISBN13: 978-0292704626
ISBN10: 0292704623
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 1994
International: No
Summary

Maya architecture is often described as ''massive'' and ''monumental,'' but experiments at Copan, Honduras, convinced Elliot Abrams that 300 people could have built one of the large palaces there in only 100 days.In this groundbreaking work, Abrams explicates his theory of architectural energetics, which involves translating structures into volumes of raw and manufactured materials that are then multiplied by the time required for their production and assembly to determine the labor costs of past construction efforts. Applying this method to residential structures of the Late Classic period (A.D. 700-900) at Copan leads Abrams to posit a six-tiered hierarchic social structure of political decision making, ranging from a stratified elite to low-ranking commoners. By comparing the labor costs of construction and other economic activities, he also prompts a reconsideration of the effects of royal construction demands on commoners.

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