A Comparison of Expediant Tools from Four Sites in Belize


Small lithic flakes have been recovered from most Maya sites in Belize. They are often viewed as byproducts of the lithic manufacturing process. A closer analysis of small flakes recovered from four sites (Cerros, Chau Hiix, Maax Na and El Pilar) has found that while many of the flakes may have been removed during tool manufacture, the expedient tools themselves were used in a variety of household activities especially those associated with cutting or carving bone or wood. This poster compares flake samples from these four sites to determine if the flake tools reflect economic differences in the communities.

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A Comparison of Expediant Tools from Four Sites in Belize. Beverly Chiarulli, Eleanor King, Anne Pyburn, Anabel Ford. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429498)

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Lithics Maya

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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): 17331