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Periodicals can be divided into two major categories popular magazines and scholarly journals In academic research it is important to distinguish between both types While each is valuable in research most academic work will favour scholarly sources over popular ones In order to compare these two types of literature I will look at two articles on the ancient city of Copan which was built and occupied by the Maya during the Classic Period of Mesoamerica The first article I will look at is a scholarly article from the Journal of Field Archaeology The article titled The Skyband Group Investigation of a Classic Maya Elite Residential Complex at Copan Honduras was written by Webster et al and looks at the remains of a residential complex in grid unit 8N-11 at Copan The report is based primarily upon excavations by Penn State University in 1990 and is supplemented with data collected in 1997 The authors begin their article with a brief literature review looking at the excavations and findings already discovered Several important problems in studying the elite are identified and through a discussion of past research Webster et al shows how each has been addressed thus far The article focuses on two research issues the variability among Copans elite establishments and the timing of the florescence and demise of Copans sub-royal elites as one component of the political and demographic history of the polity especially as reflected in the ceramic sequence Webster Fash Widmer and Zeleznik 1998319 Within the 8N-11 grid unit six buildings are excavated and related to the overall layout and structure of life in ancient Copan The results are compared with previously excavated sites in an effort to show the continuity that persisted The details of the 1990 excavations are included along with the authors interpretations of the findings After discussing the 1990 findings a general chronology is given for the site including dates when the site was first occupied as well as
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