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The Life Giving Stone: Ethnoarchaeology Of Maya Metates ‐ By Searcy, Michael T [Review Of The Book The Life-Giving Stone: Ethnoarchaeology Of Maya Metates, By M. T. Searcy], Jennifer P. Mathews
Sociology & Anthropology Faculty Research
This volume attempts to get at the interpretations of the archaeological record from the back-end by studying the modern Maya metate life cycle, including procurement, production, acquisition, use and discard. The author spent two years in Guatemala conducting ethnographic research with metate producers and users in three Maya communities. It is through this rich research that he greatly expands our understanding of metates by providing background of their complexity through several avenues. For example, he documents contemporary gifting traditions, noting that families still give metates as wedding gifts to couples, even as their use decreases with the presence of electric ...