Sacred landscapes and building practices at UCI, Kancab, and Ucanha, Yucatan, Mexico

Scott R. Hutson, Jacob A. Welch

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During the emergence of regional hierarchy around the site of Uci in northwest Yucatan, Mexico, ordinary people affected power relations in at least two ways. First, in the Late Preclassic and Early Classic periods, Uci had the largest ceremonial center and the largest population within a 20Â km radius. Uci also physically linked itself to smaller settlements, such as Kancab and Ucanha, by means of a broad stone causeway. Yet Kancab and Ucanha's quadripartite placement of causeways and central plaza suggests that its households created a sacred landscape that gave them a degree of ritual autonomy. Ordinary people impacted power relations a second way by participating in the development of the megalithic architectural style, which was used in the region's most authoritative buildings. The use of this style in domestic platforms illustrates the ability of modest households to make their own decisions and to act in ways that constituted society at large.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-439
Number of pages19
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 22 2015

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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