The Archaeology of Monumental Architecture and the Social Construction of Authority at the Northern Maya Puuc Site of Kiuic Public Deposited

Downloadable Content

Download PDF
Last Modified
  • March 19, 2019
  • Gallareta Cervera, Tomas
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • Research at the archaeological site of Kiuic, located in the Puuc zone of the Yucatán Peninsula, has yielded evidence of long and continuous construction activity that starts during the Middle Formative and concludes at the close of the Terminal Classic Period. Since most large stone buildings located at Puuc sites have not been excavated thoroughly, stratigraphic evidence recovered from Kiuic constitutes a unique window on the development of a Puuc site. During the Classic Period, large sites in the Maya region contain monumental architectonic complexes, called royal courts that were the center of social and political life. Excavations indicate that Kiuic’s main architectonic group, Yaxché, underwent multiple episodic transformations before its abandonment. I argue that this group functioned as a royal court during the Late Classic Period. Moreover, excavations indicate that the urbanization process was continuous and resulted in a distinctive, local tradition of urbanization and court authority. In this thesis, I explore the social construction of royal courts from three perspectives: the urbanization process, material expressions of place making, and courtly activity regimes..
Date of publication
Resource type
Rights statement
  • In Copyright
  • Tomaskova, Silvia
  • Billman, Brian R.
  • Scarry, C. Margaret
  • McAnany, Patricia
  • Scarry, John
  • Bey, George
  • Doctor of Philosophy
Degree granting institution
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
Graduation year
  • 2016

This work has no parents.