Copán’s Preclassic Pioneers: New Evidence from the San Lucas Neighborhood

Author(s): Kristin Landau

Year: 2016


Recent work in the San Lucas neighborhood outside of Copán’s urban core discovered significant human occupation in the Late Preclassic period—centuries before the first king came to power. Construction materials, ceramic styles, obsidian tools, human remains, and radiocarbon dates from three households attest to the early and continuous settlement of this area in the foothills south of the Copán River. This paper reviews the evidence for San Lucas’s Preclassic population, and its significance for a revised understanding of early Copán culture history. Comparisons are then made to known Preclassic settlement within the southeast borderlands region, to begin to explore the cultural and ethnic affiliation of Copán’s pioneering families.

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Copán’s Preclassic Pioneers: New Evidence from the San Lucas Neighborhood. Kristin Landau. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404392)


Copan Ethnicity Maya

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;