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Tlaloc Imagery in Western Belize and its Implications for Central Mexican and Lowland Maya Interaction

Author(s): Hannah Zanotto ; Jaime Awe

Year: 2016

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Recent archaeological investigations in western Belize have recovered evidence for the representation of Tlaloc imagery in the iconographic record of this sub-region of the Maya lowlands. In Central Mexican Civilizations, Tlaloc represented the important rain deity, equivalent, in many ways, to Cha’ac in the Maya area. In the case of western Belize, Tlaloc imagery appears to become increasingly popular at the end of the Classic period, and is depicted on a variety of mediums, including stucco decorations, stone monuments, and ceramic vessels. Besides discussing the nature of Tlaloc imagery in western Belize, this paper will provide information on the contexts of the imagery, and explore their implications for Central Mexican and Lowland Maya interaction at the end of the Late Classic period.


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Tlaloc Imagery in Western Belize and its Implications for Central Mexican and Lowland Maya Interaction. Hannah Zanotto, Jaime Awe. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405291)


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Mesoamerica


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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