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POTTERY AND SOCIETY DURING THE FORMATIVE PERIOD AT YAXUNÁ, YUCATÁN

Travis W. Stanton, Sara Dzul Góngora, Ryan H. Collins, and Rodrigo Martin Morales

In Framing Complexity in Formative Mesoamerica, edited by L. DeLance and G.M. Feinman.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder. September 2022

ISBN: 9781646422876

INCISED LINES: PLANNING AND DESIGN IN THE LATE FORMATIVE E GROUP AT YAXUNÁ, YUCATÁN, MEXICO

Ryan H. Collins

FirstView, Latin American Antiquity. April 2022.

Although direct evidence of civic planning is rare among Mesoamerican sites, such features offer great insight into past practices, intentions, and urban transformation. Using data from the transition to the Late Formative period (ca. 400–300 BC), I argue that direct evidence of urban planning is present in the monumental constructions of Yaxuná in Yucatán, Mexico. There, investigators detected a series of carefully rendered incised lines directly on Floor 6 of the E Group plaza. Along with the buildings' exposed surfaces, incised lines served as visual markers for placing rubble and dry-core fill into two categories: large dry-core stones and small compact fill. These visual distinctions informed the location of features built on top of this fill, including Floor 5 and a causeway spanning the plaza's central axis, distinguished from the white floor surface sascab (a durable product of pulverized limestone) by a red-orange color. The incised lines at Yaxuná grant insight into how ancient builders envisioned public works and then implemented and completed features in a step-by-step design process, which required precision and foresight.

THE ROLE OF MIDDLE PRECLASSIC PLACEMAKING IN THE CREATION OF LATE PRECLASSIC YUCATECAN CITIES: THE FOUNDATIONS OF YAXUNÁ.

Travis W. Stanton and Ryan H. Collins

In Early Mesoamerican Cities: New Perspectives on Urbanism and Urbanization in the Formative Period, edited by Michael Love and Julia Guernsey. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. January 2022 
ISBN: 9781108838511

SELECTIVE MEMORY: MONUMENTAL POLITICS OF THE YAXUNÁ E GROUP IN THE FIRST MILLENNIUM B.C.

Ryan H. Collins

FirstView, Ancient Mesoamerica. August, 2021.

In seeking continuities and disjuncture from the precedents of past authorities, the Mesoamerican emergent ruling class during the Formative period were active agents in directing changes to monumental space, suggesting that memory played a vital role in developing an early shared character of Maya lifeways (1000 b.c. to a.d. 250). The trend is most visible in the civic ceremonial complexes known as E Groups, which tend to show significant patterns of continuity (remembering) and disjuncture (forgetting). This article uses the northern lowland site of Yaxuná in Yucatan, Mexico, to demonstrate the use of early selective strategies to direct collective memory. While there are E Groups in the northern Maya lowlands, few Formative period examples are known, making Yaxuná a critical case study for comparative assessment with the southern lowlands. One implication of the Yaxuná data is that the broader pattern of Middle Formative E Groups resulted from sustained social, religious, political, and economic interaction between diverse peer groups across eastern Mesoamerica. With the emergence of institutionalized rulership in the Maya lowlands during the Late Formative, local authorities played a significant role in directing transformations of E Groups, selectively influencing their meanings and increasingly independent trajectories through continuity and disjuncture.

FROM SEDENTISM TO SPRAWL: EARLY URBAN PROCESS AT YAXUNÁ, YUCATAN, MEXICO 1000 BCE TO 250 CE

Ryan H. Collins

A dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts. 2018

LOS ORIGINES DE LOS MAYAS DEL NORTE: INVESTIGACIONES EN EL GRUPO-E DE YAXUNÁ

Dr. Travis W. Stanton y Mtro. Ryan H. Collins

En nuestro número 145 (julio-agosto de 2017), Arqueología Mexicana. 2017

TRANSITION THROUGH THE ABYSS: THE RAISED-HEEL MOTIF IN CLASSIC MAYA SCULPTURE

Ryan H. Collins

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Honors in the Major Program in Anthropology in the College of Sciences and in The Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. 2009

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THE EARLY LAAPAL COMPLEX AT YAXUNÁ: EARLY MIDDLE PRECLASSIC CERAMICS FROM THE E GROUP

Travis W. Stanton, Sara Dzul Góngora, Ryan H. Collins, and Donald A. Slater

Pre-Mamom Pottery Variation and the Preclassic Origins of the Lowland Maya, edited by Debra S. Walker. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

 

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DOMESTICATING TIME: QUADRIPARTITE SYMBOLISM AND RITUALS OF FOUNDATION AT YAXUNÁ

Travis W. Stanton, Karl A. Taube, and Ryan H. Collins

To be in: "Telling Time: Myth, History, and Everyday Life in the Ancient Maya World," edited by D.A. Freidel, A.F. Chase, A.S. Dowd, and J. Murdock. Manuscript submitted to the University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

EPISODES OF THE FEATHERED SERPENT: AZTEC IMPERIALISM AND COLLAPSE

Deborah L. Nichols and Ryan H. Collins

Historical Collapse organized by Peter W. Callahan

FORGOTTEN FOUNDATIONS: REMOTE SENSING AND EXCAVATIONS OF THE MANSION HOUSE AT PHILLIPS ACADEMY ANDOVER

Ryan H. Collins

The Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

 

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A CASE FOR MIDDLE FORMATIVE CIVIC PLANNING? EVIDENCE FROM YAXUNÁ, YUCATAN, MEXICO

Ryan H. Collins

Manuscript in preparation for submission to Latin American Antiquity

BEFORE THE IVORY TOWER: FIELD SCHOOL EXCAVATIONS AT PHILLIPS ACADEMY ANDOVER

Ryan H. Collins

Manuscript in preparation for submission to the Journal of Archaeology and Education

TOWARDS A MINIMALLY DESTRUCTIVE ARCHAEOLOGY? GEOSPATIAL SURVEY AND THE REMOTE DETECTION OF URBAN FEATURES AT YAXUNA, YUCATAN, MEXICO

Ryan H. Collins

Manuscript in preparation for submission to the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

 

REPORTS

Investigation Results

PROYECTO DE INTERACCIÓN POLÍTICA DEL CENTRO DE YUCATÁN (PIPCY) INFORME TÉCNICO DE LA OCTAVA TEMPORADA (2016)

Dr. Travis Stanton, Dra. Traci Ardren, Dr. Andrés Burbano, Lic. Belem Ceballos Casanova, Mtro. Ryan Collins, Dr. Andrea Cucina, Lic. Sara Dzul, Mtra. Chelsea Fisher, Lic. Amalia Hererra, Mtro., Lic. Nelda Marengo, Dra. Vera Tiesler, y Dra. Julie Wesp

A summary of the findings of excavations by PIPCY in their Eight Field Season. 2017

PROYECTO DE INTERACCIÓN POLÍTICA DEL CENTRO DE YUCATÁN (PIPCY) INFORME TÉCNICO DE LA SÉPTIMA TEMPORADA (2015)

Dr. Travis Stanton, Dra. Traci Ardren, Dr. Andrés Burbano, Lic. Tanya Cariño, Arqlga. Vania Carrillo, Lic. Belem Ceballos Casanova, Lic. Joana Cetina Batún, Lic. Julio Chi Keb, Mtro. Ryan Collins, Dr. Andrea Cucina, Lic. Sara Dzul, Mtra. Chelsea Fisher, Lic. Amalia Hererra, Mtro. Peter Leach, Arqlgo. Raúl López Pérez, Lic. Nelda Marengo, Dr. Jonathan Pagliaro, Lic. Kadwin Pérez López, Dra. Patricia Quintana Owen, Dra. Vera Tiesler, Dra. Julie Wesp, Mtra. Jessica Wheeler y Mtro. Gabriel Zea

A summary of the findings of excavations by PIPCY in their Seventh Field Season. 2016

PROYECTO DE INTERACCIÓN POLÍTICA DEL CENTRO DE YUCATÁN (PIPCY) INFORME TÉCNICO DE LA SEXTA TEMPORADA (2014)

Dr. Travis Stanton, Dr. Aline Magnoni, Mtro. Ryan Collins, Mtra. Chelsea Fisher, Sara Dzul, Melissa Galvan, Nelda Marengo, Cesar Torres, y Daniel Vallejo

A summary of the findings of excavations by PIPCY in their Sixth Field Season. 2015

PROYECTO DE INTERACCIÓN POLÍTICA DEL CENTRO DE YUCATÁN (PIPCY) INFORME TÉCNICO DE LA QUINTA TEMPORADA (2013)

Dr. Travis Stanton, Dr. Aline Magnoni, Mtro. Ryan Collins, Vania Carrillo, Sara Dzul, Melissa Galvan, Nelda Marengo, Cesar Torres, y Daniel Vallejo

A summary of the findings of excavations by PIPCY in their Fifth Field Season. 2014

MAKING ANTHROPOLOGY GO PUBLIC: RETHINKING THE TRADITIONAL SEMINAR SERIES

Elizabeth Ferry and Ryan H. Collins

Final Report for the Teaching Innovation Grant (TIGR) on the Brandeis Anthropology Research Seminar (BARS). Center for Teaching and Learning, Brandeis University, 2016

 

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MANSION HOUSE EXCAVATIONS

Ryan H. Collins

Published on The Peabody, the newsletter of the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology, April 29th, 2019

CROWDSOURCING THE CONVERSATION: ON PODCASTING, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, AND EXERCISING THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL TOOL KIT

Adam Gamwell and Ryan H. Collins

Published on Medium, October 12, 2018

Adam Gamwell and Ryan H. Collins (as This Anthropological Life)

Published by Teaching Culture, September 29th, 2016

Adam Gamwell, Ryan H. Collins, and Aneil Tripathy (as This Anthropological Life)

Published by Teaching Culture, June 28th, 2016