Pre-Columbian Ceramics in East-Central Belize: A Petrographic Characterization Study

Author(s): Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown; Linda Howie

Year: 2017


In 2015-2016, the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP) in collaboration with HD Analytical Solutions, initiated a preliminary petrographic characterization study of presumed "local" pottery and daub artifacts, surface collected during settlement survey at the Late to Terminal Classic (ca. 750-1000 C.E.) Maya site of Alabama, Belize. This initial study, though small, has proved mighty in terms of the new information it has revealed, building on earlier studies of Maya communities in the Stann Creek area by Elizabeth Graham and colleagues. Our data sheds light on geological variability in local raw materials for pottery and building materials; common pottery and daub fabrics; as well as local, mesolocal, regional, and long-distance interactions of the Alabama Maya of East-Central Belize. In this presentation, we discuss the results of our study and their impact on the broader SCRAP research program at Alabama.

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Pre-Columbian Ceramics in East-Central Belize: A Petrographic Characterization Study. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, Linda Howie. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430110)

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Geographic Keywords
Central America

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17222