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War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society
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War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society (Hardback)

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Drawing on archaeological findings from the Maya lowlands, War Owl Falling shows how innovation and creativity led to social change in ancient societies. Markus Eberl discusses the ways eighth-century Maya (and Maya commoners in particular) reinvented objects and signs that were associated with nobility, including scepters, ceramic vessels, ballgame equipment, and the symbol of the owl. These inventions, he argues, reflect assertions of independence and a redistribution of power that contributed to the Maya collapse in the Late Classic period.



Eberl emphasizes that individual decision-making - the ability to imagine alternate worlds and to act on that vision - plays a large role in changing social structure over time. Pinpointing where and when these Maya inventions emerged, how individuals adopted them and why, War Owl Falling connects technological and social change in a novel way.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropology Publisher: University Press of Florida Publication Date: 30/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9780813056555  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Markus Eberl, associate professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University, is the author of Community and Difference: Change in Late Classic Maya Villages of the Petexbatun Region and coauthor of Muerte, entierro y ascencion: Ritos funerarios entre los antiguos mayas.

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