Terminal Classic to Postclassic in the Northern Lowlands

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2015)

The Terminal Classic represents a time of change for the Maya of the Northern Lowlands. Major social, political, settlement and economic shifts accompanied the collapse of government under divine kings. This session will explore changes involving site organization, architectural tradition, and economic exchange that paved the way for a Postclassic that, while diminished in extent, was firmly rooted in ancient tradition.

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  • Architecture and Its Reflection of State Organization and Settlement Pattern in the Cochuah Region during the Terminal Classic Period (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Tatiana Young.

    A change in architectural style is often a result of changes in power and political organization. During the Terminal Classic Period which the Cochuah region exhibited changes in the settlement pattern, in sites layout, and in architectural components. The organization of space, directions, the location and the architectural design of buildings underwent some changes during this period. All registered sites in the Cochuah region were occupied during this period. In addition to occupation...

  • Postclassic Chen Mul Fragments from the Cochuah Region, Quintana Roo, Mexico (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Karleen Ronsairo.

    Postclassic Chen Muls are known as effigy censers, or incensarios. It is suggested that these effigy censers were placed at the foot of an altar and were used in ceremonial shrines during rituals of renewal (Thompson 1957). The 2014 Cochuah Regional Archaeological Survey recovered a collection of Postclassic Chen Mul fragments from excavations at four sites in the project area: San Felipe, San Francisco, Venadito, and the Fortín de Yo’okop. Excavations at these four sites did not recover whole...

  • Round structures: Their function(s) (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Dave Johnstone.

    Round foundation braces for perishable walls are seldom the focus of excavation owing to their relatively unimpressive physical characteristics. However, these structures become common throughout the Northern Lowlands at the end of the Terminal Classic period, appearing in 50 percent of the surveyed sites. This paper will examine their possible function, and explain why they became so widespread. SAA 2015 abstracts made available in tDAR courtesy of the Society for American Archaeology and...