Prospering in Place: Cerro Maya and the Late Preclassic Exchange Networks

Author(s): Debra Walker; Robin Robertson

Year: 2015


Cerro Maya, located on Lowry’s Point at the southern edge of Chetumal Bay in northern Belize, sits at a strategic intersection between riverine and coastal transportation routes used by the Maya from Preclassic times onward. Evidence suggests a major dock facility was the first monumental construction undertaken during the initial Late Preclassic occupation, indicating the site was intentionally founded to mediate access to interior sites on the two principal river drainages in the region for purposes of exchange with coastal traders transporting goods from all over the Maya Lowlands. During the 100-150 years of Late Preclassic occupation, the diversity of the ceramic inventory and comparative richness of the material remains evinces interactions with sites on the Northern Plains of Yucatan, as well as central Peten and the Central Karstic Uplands. Cerro Maya flourished during this era, developing from a small village of perishable structures next to a monumental dock into an important center with monumental architecture remembered well into the Postclassic era.

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Prospering in Place: Cerro Maya and the Late Preclassic Exchange Networks. Robin Robertson, Debra Walker. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396589)


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