Ancient Maya Craft Specialization in the Belize Valley

Author(s): Kelsey Sullivan; Jaime J. Awe

Year: 2016


Archaeological investigations during the last 20 years in Western Belize has recorded considerable evidence of craft specialization in this lowland Maya sub-region. Much of this information, however, has never been synthesized, thus providing us with a foggy lens through which to view the complexity of craft production, distribution and interaction at the intra- and inter-regional level. In an effort to address this situation, this paper examines different types of craft specialization in the Belize Valley, the control of production areas by major political and economic centers, as well as implications of distribution within and outside of the Western Belize.

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Ancient Maya Craft Specialization in the Belize Valley. Kelsey Sullivan, Jaime J. Awe. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405294)

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