Hinterland Causeways in the Maya Lowlands of Northwestern Belize


This paper will present preliminary results of archaeological investigations concerning the spatial arrangement of hinterland causeways and their function within inter and intra-site exchange networks. This research is a subsidiary project of the Dos Hombres to Gran Cacao Archaeology (DH2GC) Project, a transect settlement survey analysis of hinterland communities situated between the sites of Dos Hombres and Gran Cacao, in northwestern Belize. A primary goal of this research is to explore the role of causeways as conduits of market exchange linking the resource zones of highly dispersed populations in the periphery of centralized administrative centers. This will provide unique insight into the complexity of two way relations between administrative sites and hinterland communities. An understanding of interactions between these interdependent entities will allow for a clearer interpretation of sociopolitical and economic spheres of influence.

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Hinterland Causeways in the Maya Lowlands of Northwestern Belize. Erik Marinkovich, Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Jennifer Leonard, Cady Rutherford. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429569)

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Belize Causeway Maya

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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): 17250