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Dissecting the Heart of a Puuc Royal Court: A Diachronic Analysis of Structure N1065E1025 and Associated Deposits at Kiuic, Yucatán.

Author(s): Tomás Gallareta Cervera ; Rossana May Ciau ; George J. Bey III

Year: 2015

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Research on the site of Kiuic, in the Puuc region of the Yucatán Peninsula, has recovered evidence of a long and continuous period of building activity that dates from approximately 700 B.C. to A.D. 900. The construction sequence of Structure N1065E1025, a nine meter temple-pyramid located at the center of the site, evidences episodic changes that transformed the building from a raised platform in the Middle Preclassic to the center of a royal court in the Late Classic and finally a ceremonial precinct before it was abandoned at the middle of the 10th century. During the time it functioned as the heart of the royal court of Kiuic, Structure N1065E1025 was a knot linking the main ceremonial, civic, residential and service plazas of the larger architectural complex known as the Yaxché Group. Excavations in and around N1065E1025 identified numerous middens and special deposits associated with its evolving architectural history and its relationship with the ceremonial, civic and residential life of this Maya court. In this paper, we will discuss the content of these deposits in order to understand the changing activities and functions of N1065E1025, particularly as it represents the center of a royal court in the Puuc region.

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Dissecting the Heart of a Puuc Royal Court: A Diachronic Analysis of Structure N1065E1025 and Associated Deposits at Kiuic, Yucatán.. Tomás Gallareta Cervera, George J. Bey III, Rossana May Ciau. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397899)


Maya Puuc Royal Court

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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