Revisiting the Preclassic Ceramic Sequence of the Greater Kaminaljuyu Zone

Author(s): Jose Raul Ortiz

Year: 2015


In a recent work, Inomata and colleagues present a revised chronology of Kaminaljuyu during the Preclassic period which cross-dates other cultural sequences in southeastern Mesoamerica. This paper provides further ceramic data including a re-evaluation of the various typological sequences already established in the literature and presenting a modal sequence of vessel shape, surface treatment, and decoration based on ceramic analysis of collections from the most important sites in the greater Kaminaljuyu zone (i.e. Kaminaljuyu, Naranjo, Piedra Parada, and Rosario-Naranjo).

This paper demonstrates that significant data is still attainable from stored ceramic collections and that implementing detailed modal analysis of Maya archaeological research has the following significance: 1) it refines local ceramic sequences, 2) it highlights the importance of synchronic ceramic developments through ceramic modes and types in order to cross-date extant regions.

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Revisiting the Preclassic Ceramic Sequence of the Greater Kaminaljuyu Zone. Jose Raul Ortiz. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397095)


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