Mesoamerica3 - existing gaps Culbert mentions that the...

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Alice Kwak Anthro 114 March 6, 2012 Culbert 1988 – Question #3 The Mayan ‘hiatus’ is elaborated as “a period of three katuns at the end of the Early Classic when there was a death of inscriptions (Culbert 143).” It was a period of cultural disruption and reorganization just before the start of a strong Late Classic recovery. The hiatus refers to a long gap in Mayan inscriptions which were influenced by a Tikalcentric concept justified to the entire lowlands. While only few sites have inscriptions from this hiatus period and even those are found to be extremely rare, so the exact explanation for this hiatus and those
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Unformatted text preview: existing gaps. Culbert mentions that the Tikal data is more useful to creating a clearer picture of what did occur during this period. Evidence of broken monument fragments help to put the pieces of the history together. Although many areas of Mesoamerica experienced this hiatus, it is not to say that they all experienced the same history. The eastern side of the lowlands experienced the least amount of influence from the hiatus while other sites have experienced political turbulence and lagging construction of the area....
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