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Riverine and Maritime trade routes on Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Author(s): Thomas Guderjan

Year: 2015

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Summary

Riverine routes from the Caribbean coast from Belize River north to Laguna Bacalar are examined in the context of the major centers, intensive agricultural fields, and patterns of production, transport and centers of power. By contextualizing our understanding of major sites in terms of the opportunities and limitations offered by the riverine transport systems, we can better understand the economic basis of how and why various important centers rose to prominence. Further, these trade opportunities offer insight into how some leaders acting as clever agents were able to orchestrate survival of their cities past the general depopulation of the region.

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Riverine and Maritime trade routes on Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula.. Thomas Guderjan. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396588)


Keywords

General
Maya settlement Trade

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