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La Florida/Namaan: a Classic Maya River Port

Author(s): Joanne Baron ; Christopher Martinez ; Liliana Padilla

Year: 2015

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The Classic Maya polity Namaan is referred to in the inscriptions of several sites in Mexico and Guatemala, attesting to its importance as an ally by many neighbors. Namaan has long been identified as the site of La Florida, located on the San Pedro River in western Peten, Guatemala. This position lay at an intersection of routes connecting the large cities of central Peten to the fertile Tabasco Plain and the Usumacinta River Valley. Though many archaeologists and epigraphers have visited the site since the 1940s, it remains virtually unexcavated, and significant portions have never been mapped. We visited La Florida in 2013 and 2014 to assess the condition of the site and its monuments and to explore beyond the known site core. In this paper we present the results of these visits. Two new architectural groups were located, along with new monuments and new documentation of important hieroglyphic passages.

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La Florida/Namaan: a Classic Maya River Port. Joanne Baron, Liliana Padilla, Christopher Martinez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397407)


Guatemala Maya

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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