El Tintal in the Late Classic and Territorial Implications

Author(s): Mary Jane Acuña

Year: 2015


The archaeological site of El Tintal, known primarily as a large and important Late Preclassic ancient Maya city in northern Petén, Guatemala, also had a significant occupation during the Late Classic Period. Preliminary observations and an initial season of explorations at El Tintal indicate that this later occupation was quite substantial, yet unlike the southern lowland pattern of recording history on stone monuments, not a single carved stela that dates to the Classic Period has been identified at the site. In this presentation, I contextualize El Tintal in the Classic Period political geography and explore the reasons why a major center like El Tintal would deviate from what appears to be such a widespread and standard tradition among its regional neighbors. More importantly, what this means when we conceptualize ancient Maya territories and its implications for recognizing boundaries, political and otherwise, especially when considering its location between two competing polities, Tikal and Calakmul, that we know impacted so many other cities in the region of modern-day Petén.

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El Tintal in the Late Classic and Territorial Implications. Mary Jane Acuña. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395252)


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