Ancient Maya Economies: The Role of Small-Scale Craft Producers

Archaeological research on the Maya has a lengthy history. This lecture by Dr. Rachel Horowitz (WSU) explores the Classic period Maya economy (600-900 CE) from the viewpoint of small-scale crafters, particularly stone tool producers, to examine how they fit within the economic structures of large political centers. Small-scale producers were both integrated into larger-scale economies and also maintained some independence from political instability through these activities. Stone tool producers in the modern regions of western Belize and eastern Guatemala provide a comparative perspective.