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H 276 x W 203 mm

360 pages

248 figures, 45 tables (colour throughout)

Published Sep 2023

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803274294

Digital: 9781803274300

DOI 10.32028/9781803274294

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Mayan; Ancient Maya; Palatial Architecture; Sculpture; Epigraphy; Elite Titles; Elite Iconography; Copan; Honduras; Dynastic Collapse; Population History; Pre-Columbian Americas

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The Skyband Group is an impressive elite site in the urban core of Copán, Honduras, which is dominated by the palatial compounds of Maya sub-royal nobles. Such grandees often bore court titles showing that they were clients and officials of kings, but also competitors for political power, especially just before the dynastic collapse around AD 800.




Chapter One: Maya Places and Elites

Chapter Two: Group 8N-11

Chapter Three: Operations in the Plaza and the Str. 66 Complex

Chapter Four: The Skyband Bench and its Neighbors

Chapter Five: The Façade Sculpture

Chapter Six: Operation 50: The Ancillary Buildings

Chapter Seven: Operation 63: The 1997 Field Season

Chapter Eight: Features and Burials

Chapter Nine: Artifacts  

Chapter Ten: Group 8N-11: The Short Chronology

Chapter Eleven: The Long Chronology

Chapter Twelve: Final Thoughts

Appendix A: Radiocarbon Dates from Burials and Archaeomagnetic Dates

Appendix B: Illustrations of Selected Artifacts


About the Author

David Webster received his PhD in anthropology in 1972. Initially a Near Eastern archaeologist, his research has since focused on the ancient Maya civilization of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. He has conducted many field projects; his publications emphasize cultural evolution, cultural ecology, ancient warfare, settlement and household archaeology, archaeological methodology, population reconstruction, societal collapse, and Maya research history.