Mobility and resilience: a perspective from the eastern lowlands

Start: May 14, 2014 05:00 PM
End: May 14, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Room 410, Institute of Archaeology

Mobility and resilience: a perspective from the eastern lowlands

Elizabeth Graham (UCL) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's Mesoamerican Study Group on 14 May.


Circum-peninsular travel was a feature of eastern lowlands coastal communities such as Lamanai and Marco Gonzalez, and the regularity of contact with non-local settlements and settings must have contributed to community diversity and outlook. It is true that stability was manifested in the continuity and persistence of coastal activity--both subsistence and commercial--from the Preclassic to early Colonial period, yet coastal communities changed a good deal in character over time, and some of these changes may reflect small-scale population movements.

Some movements were distinctive to the coast, particularly in the Terminal Classic to Postclassic transition, whereas in other circumstances and times we seem to be seeing change on the coast as a response to the reorganisation of local political entities and small-scale mobility on the mainland. Subsistence practices as well as access to products and trade routes changed, as did elite demands and how these demands were met. These ideas and other hypotheses will be discussed in the hope of shedding light on prehispanic urbanization and the life cycle of cities.

All welcome!

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amy Maitland Gardner.