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Fire and Ash: Formative Period Environmental Chronologies in Eastern Mesoamerica

Author(s): Jon Lohse ; Derek Hamilton ; Takeshi Inomata ; Hector Neff

Year: 2017

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Recent dating work has led to revision of regional political chronologies in the Guatemala Highlands. In particular, key Middle and Late Formative phases now date as much as 300 years later than previously believed. This reanalysis brings these phases in line with significant environmental conditions stemming from volcanism and drought. In this paper, we present new high-precision chronologies for these environmental records, and compare these records against regional political chronologies in order to suggest how cultural developments may have been influenced by these factors.

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Fire and Ash: Formative Period Environmental Chronologies in Eastern Mesoamerica. Jon Lohse, Derek Hamilton, Takeshi Inomata, Hector Neff. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430513)


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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): 14334

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