Locating the place and meaning of the Talud-Tablero architectural style in the early classic Maya built environment
Cash, Cristin Loren
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This dissertation defines the place and meaning of the talud-tablero architectural style within the context of the Early Classic built environment. In doing so, this study explores the relationship between architectural style and changing perceptions of key spaces within the sacred landscape, particularly those places associated with primordial origins. Theoretically, the dissertation presents a model for “reading” architectural style in order to understand the unique role of style as a carrier of collective memory. I argue that Maya rulers were keenly aware of the power of architectural style to evoke specific spatial and experiential associations in the viewer that reinforced their claims to power.