The Archaeology of Political Structure: Settlement Analysis in a Classic Maya Polity by Montollin Olivier
As the title indicates, this volume focuses on methodological and theoretical issues relevant to reconstructing prehistoric political structures, perdurable principles of power acquisition, and use characteristic of individual societies. A case study is employed to illustrate the advantages of the advocated perspective: the Late/Terminal Classic (A.D. 700-950) Rosario Valley in the upper Grijalva Tributaries of Chiapas, Mexico. This is not, however, a standard research report describing a wide array of collected material. Rather, certain aspects of the Rosario data relevant to broader political concerns are stressed. The work will be judged by its success in addressing these general issues.