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Beyond the Temples

Science  16 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6185, pp. 684-686
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6185.684

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Summary

Studying pyramids and deciphering cryptic writing systems have helped archaeologists piece together the political, cultural, and religious characteristics of many Mesoamerican civilizations. But ceremonial architecture and official records may not reveal how societies actually work. Mapping lost neighborhoods can help archaeologists see an ancient city through the eyes of its residents, rather than through its leaders.