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*How the Maya Built Their World - 94 edition

by Abrams

*How the Maya Built Their World (ISBN10: 0292704623; ISBN13: 9780292704626)
ISBN13: 978-0292704626
ISBN10: 0292704623

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 ...show morecosts 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 94
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Published: 01/01/1994
International: No



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