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An Analysis of Ceramic Function from the Sacred Landscape Archaeological Project, La Milpa, Belize

Author(s): Lauren Copeland ; Jocelyn Acosta ; Marilyn Bueno

Year: 2016

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In 2014 and 2015, the California State University, Los Angeles Sacred Landscape Archaeological Project carried out investigations of a collapsed chultun at the site of La Milpa in northern Belize. Excavation revealed a heavy concentration of ceramic and artifacts immediately surrounding the collapse with concentrations dropping precipitously only a few meters from the complex. This report analyzes the ceramic sherds recovered in excavation. The ceramics were sorted into six categories: unslipped, unslipped striated, Tinaja Red, monochrome slipped, fine paste & special, and unidentifiable. While the categories were supposedly defined based on surface finish, the sorting process actually created form categories as well with the first four categories being limited mostly to jars and a small number of bowls. Functional data was also recorded with evidence of interior burning noted for all categories. Interior burning was concentrated in the unslipped pottery, especially the unslipped striated. The implications for site function will be discussed.

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An Analysis of Ceramic Function from the Sacred Landscape Archaeological Project, La Milpa, Belize. Lauren Copeland, Jocelyn Acosta, Marilyn Bueno. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404285)


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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