Landscape Archaeology in Northern Belize: The Need for a Critical Reassessment

Author(s): James Brady; Lili Taleghani-Nia

Year: 2015


Michael Smith and Katharina Schreiber note that, "For the Classic Maya, studies of sacred landscapes are dominated by research on caves." Unfortunately, northern Belize lacks large caves that have attracted archaeological interest and no large cave survey has been conducted in the region. Lacking such studies, archaeologists appear to be at a loss on how to engage sacred landscapes. An underappreciated aspect of the Petexbatun Regional Cave Project was its articulation of an explicit model of the general principles on which ancient Maya landscape was conceptualized. The California State University, Los Angeles Archaeological Field Program has applied this model to three studies in northern Belize at Maax Na, Chawak But’o’ob and La Milpa. This presentation discusses the nature of sacred landmarks in the region which abound in the karstic landscape and provide surface archaeologists with abundant opportunities for empirically documenting the sacred landscape within their site boundaries.

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Landscape Archaeology in Northern Belize: The Need for a Critical Reassessment. James Brady, Lili Taleghani-Nia. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395433)


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