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Cave 1 at the Site of at the site of Chawak But’o’ob: An Interpretation of Subterranean Space in Northern Belize

Author(s): Ann Scott ; Melanie Saldana

Year: 2016

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Summary

During the 2013 season, a team from California State University, Los Angeles worked with the Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey directed by Stanley Walling to conduct a preliminary assessment of Cave 1 (RB-47-142-X) at the site of Chawak But’o’ob. Located within the heart of the site’s public architecture, Cave 1 is surrounded by a ballcourt, a sweatbath and a sinkhole. Though our survey and excavation revealed utilization of the cave that differed from other areas of the Maya lowlands, its location within the heart of the site’s public architecture is significant in that caves are associated with people’s first emergence onto the earth’s surface and thus forms the basis of the group’s claim to the land. There is a great deal of freedom in the placement of architectural elements but natural elements, which are immovable, probably determined the elaboration of this space.


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Cave 1 at the Site of at the site of Chawak But’o’ob: An Interpretation of Subterranean Space in Northern Belize. Ann Scott, Melanie Saldana. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404283)


Keywords

General
Caves Landscape 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