Chichicaste Ceramics and Regional Interactions in Eastern Honduras

Author(s): Eva Martinez

Year: 2016


Although the ceramics of eastern Honduras have been sometimes described as being remarkably homogenous throughout the region, recent research points to intraregional variations regarding ceramic assemblages and what they represent in terms of intra and inter regional interactions. The identification of the ceramic group known as Chichicaste has contributed to point out a greater diversity of ceramic traditions in eastern Honduras as well as to recognize more nuances in its intraregional interactions. Our ceramic analysis from the Jamastrán Valley, in Southeastern Honduras, brought to our attention the importance of keep looking for a finer understanding of Chichicaste ceramic´s role in terms of interactions within eastern Honduras and other neighboring areas. Ceramic groups of the Chichicaste Polychromes seem to represent a stylistic tradition that extends from Western Honduras (Cancique Bichrome and Polychrome and Sulaco Polychrome), Nicaragua (Caucalí Rojo Sobre Naranja) and El Salvador (Machacal Purple Painted). This paper deals with a re-examination of interactions among some archaeologically known areas within eastern Honduras; it also attempts to explore, albeit superficially at this point, the relationship among communities in southeastern Honduras and northern Nicaragua.

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Chichicaste Ceramics and Regional Interactions in Eastern Honduras. Eva Martinez. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403946)

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