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date: 18 September 2019

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Maya zooarchaeology can be used to answer a broad range of questions about the ancient Maya environmental and cultural history. Animal remains represent the impact of human activity on animal populations and the landscape as well as the full range of subsistence, economic, political, and symbolic practices of ancient peoples, households, and communities, all at a very local scale. As such, they can provide perspective on many of the major debates in Maya archaeology. Here, I explore the information that zooarchaeology in the Maya area has provided on questions of climate change, deforestation, and animal population management (both hunting and husbandry), as well as the contributions of animal remains to questions of ancient Maya community hierarchy, crafting, and economics, and the interrelated powers of politics and religion.

Keywords: Maya, zooarchaeology, climate, environment, domestication, status, crafting, community, politics, ritual

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