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What Lies Between Two Regions: Settlement and Landscape Archaeology at the Aguacate Sites, Belize

Author(s): Eric Fries ; John Morris

Year: 2017

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A series of exploratory surveys along the northern edge of the Belize River Valley in the area of the Aguacate lagoon has gradually revealed a surprisingly dense distribution of minor centers of the Classic Period Maya. These centers are situated in a zone of intersections, the nature of which shaped their presence in the landscape. Politically, the region lies at an interstice between the spheres of influence of several powerful, well-known polities. Geographically, the site complex is distributed across a transitional zone of ridges and wetlands that separates the Belize River Valley from neighboring regions. The location of this settlement system at the intersection of multiple types of spatial differentiation contributed to the development of an intensely heterarchical, tightly networked series of sites where local elites attempted to secure power and legitimacy through the deployment of a number of different elements of Maya architecture, cosmology and symbolic representation.

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What Lies Between Two Regions: Settlement and Landscape Archaeology at the Aguacate Sites, Belize. Eric Fries, John Morris. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429319)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 16708

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