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Form and Function of a Dual-Chambered Chultun at the Medicinal Trail Community, Northwestern Belize

Author(s): David M. Hyde ; Nadine Gray

Year: 2016

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Summary

The chultun from Group H at the Medicinal Trail Community in northwestern Belize was an unsealed, dual chambered feature filled with lithic debitage and sparse ceramic evidence. The chultun was located on the southern side of the dual level Structure H-1. The chambers had doomed roofs and walls with a sill leading into the largest chamber, the western chamber. The eastern chamber was small and was more of a niche than a chamber to be entered. Although storage is suggested by the small size of this chamber and the ability to seal the entrance, no storage vessels were recovered. This poster will compare the Medicinal Trail chultun to others in the Three Rivers Region as well to morphologically similar chultuns outside the region in order to elucidate its possible function.


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Form and Function of a Dual-Chambered Chultun at the Medicinal Trail Community, Northwestern Belize. David M. Hyde, Nadine Gray. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404279)


Keywords

General
chultun Maya

Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

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