Scott R. Hutson and his collaborators have produced an important volume that forces Mayanists to reconsider ancient markets and economies, trade, land tenure, and city locational principles. In place of the typical chapter-by-chapter summary, I will focus on the impacts of this volume on the highly dynamic study of the ancient Maya. The authors (Tony Andrews, Traci Ardren, Tim Beach, Chelsea Blackmore, Tara Bond-Freeman, Bruce Dahlin, Patrice Ferrel, David Hixson, Scott Hutson, Socorro Jiménez, Justin Lowery, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Aline Magnoni, Eugenia Mansell, Daniel Mazeau, Travis Stanton, Ryan Sweetwood, and Richard Terry) include many of today’s senior scholars and many early-career scholars who will define the intellectual future of the field. While Hutson is owed a debt for ushering this volume to publication, the leader of the band was Bruce Dahlin, who initiated, intellectually and directed the 12 year project from 1993–2013, a...

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