Conil Revisited: Aerial Survey and Verification along Quintana Roo's North Coast


The site of Conil is located in the northern part of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Not far removed from the modern shore of Laguna Holbox, Conil appears to have been inhabited at various times between the Preclassic period and the present day. In AD 1528, the conquistador Francisco de Montejo reported that Conil was a large town of 5000 houses.  First investigated by William Sanders in 1954, Conil has seen little in the way of research since that time. Recent research by members of the Proyecto Costa Escondida is beginning to hint at the extent of the site. This paper presents the findings of the traditional survey work, which has been augmented with an intensive UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) survey, along the results of a small test-pitting program conducted in 2014 and 2015.  These renewed efforts at the site of Conil aim to establish the extent and density of occupation at the site as well as trace the development of the site through time. The high resolution of UAS imagery greatly increases what is possible to detect from remotely acquired imagery, though this remote survey does not supplant the need for verification and excavation of detected features.

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Conil Revisited: Aerial Survey and Verification along Quintana Roo's North Coast. Andrew Vaughan, Dominique Meyer, Jeffrey Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Sebastian Afshari. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404950)

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