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Interaction in the Late Classic Kaqchikel Area and Adjacent Pacific Coast: Least Cost Routes

Author(s): Eugenia Robinson ; Geoffrey Braswell ; Francisco Belli-Estrada

Year: 2017

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Least cost analysis of prehistoric nodes of interaction in the Kaqchikel Guatemalan highlands and Pacific Coast indicates the locations of viable travel routes. Several classes of data, such as sculpture, obsidian and ceramics, indicate that there was communication and economic exchange in the Kaqchikel Maya area in the central highlands and Cotzumalguapan Piedmont during the Late Classic Period (600-830 A.D.). Today people walk between neighboring towns on foot paths and roads designed for cars that span ravines and flat land. This practice indicates that walking these routes is a viable means of communication for an agricultural people today and have been documented for other areas, such as Chinautla. Using the distribution of San Martin Jilotepeque obsidian and Cotzumalguapan style sculptures as a guide to areas of interaction, trade and communication, this paper will explore efficient means of foot travel determined by least cost routes throughout the highlands and piedmont in the Late Classic period.

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Interaction in the Late Classic Kaqchikel Area and Adjacent Pacific Coast: Least Cost Routes. Eugenia Robinson, Geoffrey Braswell, Francisco Belli-Estrada. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429951)


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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): 14453

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