Maya Palaces at Aguateca and Ceibal, Guatemala

Author(s): Takeshi Inomata

Year: 2017


Royal palaces at the medium-sized centers of Aguateca and Ceibal appear to represent a basic template for the spatial and functional configurations of Maya palaces. They exhibit simple square forms resembling smaller residential groups of lower status, indicating their primary function as residential complexes of the royal families. Administrative and ceremonial functions were likely merged with domestic ones. These palaces also provide information on the degree of spatial mobility. While the Maya were generally attached to fixed residential localities, they allowed a certain level of residential mobility. The royal palaces of these dynasties moved through their history, depending on administrative and strategic needs and the idiosyncrasies of individual rulers.

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Maya Palaces at Aguateca and Ceibal, Guatemala. Takeshi Inomata. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429089)


Architecture Maya palace

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 12128