Gender, farming, and long-term change: Maya historical and archaeological perspectives

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Abstract

A reassessment of ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence documents variation in Maya agricultural technologies across time and space and change in the social relations of farming alongside other social, political, and economic changes over 1,000 years of Maya history. This contradicts a timeless narrative of man-the-farmer that can be derived from contemporary Yucatec Maya sources. An examination of engendered experiences in the Late Classic farming settlement of Chan Nòohol in Belize demonstrates that the use of multiple lines of evidence to embody the archaeological record can help archaeologists to move beyond the tyrannical imposition of contemporary voices on a voiceless past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-433
Number of pages25
JournalCurrent Anthropology
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Fingerprint

Belize
gender
political change
economic change
Social Relations
evidence
social change
farmer
narrative
examination
history
experience
Archaeology
Farming
Maya
time
Yucatec Maya
Archaeological Evidence
History
Ethnographic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

Cite this

Gender, farming, and long-term change : Maya historical and archaeological perspectives. / Lucero, Lisa J.

In: Current Anthropology, Vol. 47, No. 3, 01.06.2006, p. 409-433.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

@article{50b062c96b274971b9f8796a98b594a2,
title = "Gender, farming, and long-term change: Maya historical and archaeological perspectives",
abstract = "A reassessment of ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence documents variation in Maya agricultural technologies across time and space and change in the social relations of farming alongside other social, political, and economic changes over 1,000 years of Maya history. This contradicts a timeless narrative of man-the-farmer that can be derived from contemporary Yucatec Maya sources. An examination of engendered experiences in the Late Classic farming settlement of Chan N{\`o}ohol in Belize demonstrates that the use of multiple lines of evidence to embody the archaeological record can help archaeologists to move beyond the tyrannical imposition of contemporary voices on a voiceless past.",
author = "Lucero, {Lisa J}",
year = "2006",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1086/503060",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "47",
pages = "409--433",
journal = "Current Anthropology",
issn = "0011-3204",
publisher = "University of Chicago",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Gender, farming, and long-term change

T2 - Maya historical and archaeological perspectives

AU - Lucero, Lisa J

PY - 2006/6/1

Y1 - 2006/6/1

N2 - A reassessment of ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence documents variation in Maya agricultural technologies across time and space and change in the social relations of farming alongside other social, political, and economic changes over 1,000 years of Maya history. This contradicts a timeless narrative of man-the-farmer that can be derived from contemporary Yucatec Maya sources. An examination of engendered experiences in the Late Classic farming settlement of Chan Nòohol in Belize demonstrates that the use of multiple lines of evidence to embody the archaeological record can help archaeologists to move beyond the tyrannical imposition of contemporary voices on a voiceless past.

AB - A reassessment of ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence documents variation in Maya agricultural technologies across time and space and change in the social relations of farming alongside other social, political, and economic changes over 1,000 years of Maya history. This contradicts a timeless narrative of man-the-farmer that can be derived from contemporary Yucatec Maya sources. An examination of engendered experiences in the Late Classic farming settlement of Chan Nòohol in Belize demonstrates that the use of multiple lines of evidence to embody the archaeological record can help archaeologists to move beyond the tyrannical imposition of contemporary voices on a voiceless past.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33746476294&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33746476294&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1086/503060

DO - 10.1086/503060

M3 - Comment/debate

AN - SCOPUS:33746476294

VL - 47

SP - 409

EP - 433

JO - Current Anthropology

JF - Current Anthropology

SN - 0011-3204

IS - 3

ER -