Recent Investigations at the Ancient Maya Port Site of Conil, Quintana Roo, Mexico


The site of Conil is located in the modern community of Chiquilá on the north coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. In 1528 Francisco de Montejo, a Spanish conquistador, reported that Conil was a large town consisting of 5,000 houses. Conil was abandoned in the middle of the 17th century and was not reoccupied again until the 19th century, when it was named Chiquilá. William Sanders was the first archaeologist to work at the site in 1954, but the site core was not mapped until 2005 by Glover. Further work around the monumental site core was conducted in 2014 as part of the Proyecto Costa Escondida, directed by Glover and Rissolo. Based on this work, Conil appears to have one of the largest coastal sites along the north coast of the Yucatan during the Late and Terminal Preclassic and again during the Late Postclassic. This paper presents the results of the 2016 field season at Conil. Survey efforts extended beyond the site core in order to document the spatial extent of the site. By using a combination of advanced geospatial technologies alongside terrestrial survey methods, this recent work has extended the boundaries of the site to c. 5 km in diameter.

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Recent Investigations at the Ancient Maya Port Site of Conil, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Verna Gentil, Elijah J. Hermitt, Jeffery B. Glover, Dominique Rissolo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429777)

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Mapping Maya Preclassic

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 16306