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Classic Maya Architectural Form, Function, and Urban Context in the Chenes Region, Campeche

Author(s): Lorraine Williams-Beck

Year: 2017

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This paper revisits Classic Maya free-standing towers and portal vaults, some of which were first reported as isolated structures in the Chenes Region during the late 19th Century. Recent research highlights not only formal attributes, but also their particular architectural compound and urban contexts not mentioned by previous studies. More complete architectural compound and urban layout data suggest new temporal and functional interpretations for these unique masonry features at Tabasqueño, Chanchen, Nohchen, and Nocuchich. These data also shed new light on particular north – south axis site location, previously ascribed an archaeoastronomical association in the literature, and possible tower/portal vault meaning in restricted access architectural compounds at these places within the immediate region.


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Classic Maya Architectural Form, Function, and Urban Context in the Chenes Region, Campeche. Lorraine Williams-Beck. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429362)


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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): 16997

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