Defensive Barricades of the Maya

  • Christopher HernandezEmail author
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This overview of Maya defensive barricades is organized into three sections: generalizations, case studies, and controversies/future directions in the study of Maya defensive barricades. Before discussing the Maya defensive barricades, I provide the who, where, and when of the Maya culture and history. Maya is a term that is used to define a culture that is primarily concentrated in Guatemala; Belize; the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, and Veracruz; and the Western portions of the countries of Honduras and El Salvador. Despite popular narratives for the collapse of the Maya society that resulted in vast empty jungle cities, millions of Maya currently live in various parts of the world and many speak one or several of the 28 different languages that are linguistically classified as Mayan. Scholars of the Maya have long-established affinities among extant Maya groups, the indigenous peoples that Spanish colonizers encountered (e.g., Hernan Cortes,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AnthropologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA