Entorno a la sal y el agua: Los conjuntos residenciales en el sitio Salinas de los Nueve Cerros, Guatemala

Author(s): Brent Woodfill; Walter Burgos

Year: 2015


Salinas de los Nueve Cerros was a large Prehispanic center located at the edge of the Maya lowlands. It was founded atop the only non-coastal salt source in the lowlands and because of this was one of the most important cities during the Classic period. The site covered an area of over 30 km2 with an occupation that spanned the Middle Preclassic (ca. 800 BC) through the Postclassic (ca. AD 1200). Previous archaeological projects focused on salt production in the site core, while the present investigation has been mapping and excavating multiple neighborhoods throughout the site since 2010. Excavations reveal a long history of occupation, production, and exchange of a variety of goods beyond salt, including greenstone, ceramics, and obsidian. This talk will focus on the excavation of three households in different neighborhoods of the city which have augmented our understanding of site cohesion and the degree of involvement of diverse residents in varying economic activities.

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Entorno a la sal y el agua: Los conjuntos residenciales en el sitio Salinas de los Nueve Cerros, Guatemala. Walter Burgos, Brent Woodfill. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396604)


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