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The Preliminary Results of Topographic Mapping at El Palmar

Author(s): Kenichiro Tsukamoto

Year: 2015

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El Palmar is known as one of the major Classic Maya polities in the central Maya lowland, but the nature of its spatial configuration has remained underexplored. This paper presents the preliminary results of topographic mapping that we have carried out from the 2007 through 2014 field seasons. Using two total stations, our topographic mapping has covered a total of 100 hectares, including the site core and three outlying groups. In the field we documented not only architectural features and carved monuments but also reservoirs and caves. By integrating these natural and cultural features into GIS-based analysis, this paper attempts to identify the spatial organization of the El Palmar polity.

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The Preliminary Results of Topographic Mapping at El Palmar. Kenichiro Tsukamoto. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397437)


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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