Materialized cosmology among ancient maya commoners

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Classic Maya inscriptions and iconography reveal more than just royal customs since their origins lie in traditional Maya practices. They provide a key to unlocking how commoners created their own domestic universe. To explore how commoners mapped their cosmology and recorded their history, I discuss domestic ceramic clusters based on color, placement, and association with other artifacts at the minor center of Saturday Creek, Belize. Results show that cached items served to contextualize their place in the cosmos. Commoners may not have had the written word, but they had the means to record their own history, one with which they interacted daily - under their feet, within walls, and under their roof.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-167
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Ancient Maya commoners
  • Ceramic assemblages
  • Materialized cosmology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Archaeology


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