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A revised chronology of the southeastern Maya area: An evaluation of new and existing radiocarbon dates from the Preclassic to Postclassic period

Author(s): Akira Ichikawa

Year: 2017

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The establishment and refinement of chronology is a critical issue in archaeological practice worldwide. In the archaeology of the southern Maya area, Inomata et al. (2014) have currently proposed a new revised chronology for Kaminaljuyu, Guatemala, especially for the Preclassic period, using several calibrated radiocarbon dates and Bayesian statistics. They also highlight a new interpretation of the social process in southern Maya area. However, the data set for the southeastern Maya area, especially that located in the western part of present day El Salvador, has not been updated since the 1970s and 80s. This paper shows the latest updated radiocarbon dates for the southeastern Maya area. These include more than 100 dates collected from Chalchuapa, which is a key site in the region, and other sites by applying Bayesian statistics to further better the chronology. Based on this data, I present an enhanced local chronology from the Middle Preclassic to the Late Postclassic period. Furthermore, although it requires minor revisions, I support the validity of the chronology proposed by Inomata et al.


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A revised chronology of the southeastern Maya area: An evaluation of new and existing radiocarbon dates from the Preclassic to Postclassic period. Akira Ichikawa. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428861)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15668

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America