Jillian Jordan

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

New Mexico, Albuquerque, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9701

Approve Date

October 5, 2018

Project Title

Jordan, Jillian Michelle, U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM - To aid research on 'Investigating the Effects of Societal Collapse on Information Exchange, Community Interaction,and Social Boundaries in the Maya Lowlands'

Preliminary abstract: This study aims to address the effects of societal collapse (c. AD 900 in the Maya Lowlands), regional depopulation, and migration on learning and exchange networks among non-elite populations living in the Belize Valley, Belize. Employing a situated learning and communities of practice theoretical framework, I examine high visibility attributes (shared knowledge at a broad scale) and low visibility attributes (shared knowledge at a personal level) on utilitarian ceramics from domestic contexts at the site of Baking Pot to evaluate the development and transformation of regional information exchange networks relative to the Lowland Maya collapse. A microscale consideration of ceramic attributes provides a proxy measure for interaction because craft production is learned within a community of practice. This study provides an opportunity to evaluate micro-level changes in interaction networks that are often not included in archaeological studies due to the fragmentary nature of the archaeological record.