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The Island and the Mainland: Connections between Maya Communities on Ambergris Caye and North-Central Belize

Author(s): Scott Simmons ; Elizabeth Graham

Year: 2015

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Ancient Maya occupation on Ambergris Caye has been documented from Preclassic through Postclassic times. Work at the site of Marco Gonzalez has concentrated on several structures in which we have found solid evidence for connections to Maya polities in northern Belize and beyond. Nonetheless, relationships with mainland communities changed substantially over time. Although the northern location of the caye makes it seem logical that its closest connections were with north-central Belize communities, there is evidence that connections with northern Belize in particular intensify in Terminal Classic times and continue through the Postclassic. Here we discuss the material evidence for these connections through time.

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The Island and the Mainland: Connections between Maya Communities on Ambergris Caye and North-Central Belize. Scott Simmons, Elizabeth Graham. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394815)


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Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America