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American Pompeii: Old evidence on Late Classic ties between the Pacific Coast and the Antigua valley

Author(s): Oswaldo Chinchilla

Year: 2017

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Summary

An archaeological collection from finca Pompeya in the Antigua Guatemala valley provides significant information about Late Classic interaction with the adjacent Pacific coast. Excavated in 1893, the collection was eventually scattered to several museums in Germany, the United States, and Guatemala. However, it can be reconstructed from a photograph made not long after the discovery, and from newspaper reports that provide rough descriptions of the excavations. The objects themselves are still preserved, and provide important data for the study of highland-coastal interaction during the Late Classic period. This time period marked the height of the expansion of the Cotzumalhuapa polity in the coastal piedmont of Escuintla, which exerted a strong influence in elite culture at several sites in the Antigua Guatemala valley. The Pompeya collection also illustrates the history of early archaeological research and collecting in Guatemala.


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American Pompeii: Old evidence on Late Classic ties between the Pacific Coast and the Antigua valley. Oswaldo Chinchilla. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429949)


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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): 14820

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