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Ancestors, Agency, and Formation Processes: Interpreting Problematical "Smash and Trash Deposits" at Ka’Kabish, Belize

Author(s): Kerry Sagebiel ; Helen Haines

Year: 2017

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Summary

Maya archaeologists commonly discover "smash-and-trash" deposits, collections consisting of large quantities of broken sherds, lithics, faunal materials, and other remains, in varying contexts on Maya sites. Interpretations of these deposits vary from simple trash or midden deposits, to remains of feasting, to termination and other rituals. These interpretations are often strongly influenced by the theoretical and analytical approaches taken by the excavators. At Ka’Kabish, Belize, a series of problematical "smash-and-trash" deposits, consisting primarily of sherds and reconstructible vessels, were encountered in Plaza D South. This paper will explore how the application of different analytical and theoretical approaches to these deposits can influence how they are interpreted, and attempt to provide insights into which approaches are most reasonable for analyzing and explaining these kinds of deposits.


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Ancestors, Agency, and Formation Processes: Interpreting Problematical "Smash and Trash Deposits" at Ka’Kabish, Belize. Kerry Sagebiel, Helen Haines. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429444)


Keywords

General
Ceramics Maya Ritual

Geographic Keywords
Mesoamerica


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15307

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