Peri-abandonment Deposits at Chan Chich, Belize

Author(s): Ashley Booher; Brett Houk

Year: 2017


This poster details peri-abandonment features from the Maya site of Chan Chich in northwestern Belize. The term peri-abandonment relates to deposits or features dated to around the time of abandonment of the site. Previous research in the southern and eastern lowlands has documented widespread above-floor terminal artifact deposits in primarily epicentral contexts thought to have formed at or near the time of abandonment at many sites in the region. Excavations at Normans Temple complex at Chan Chich in the late 1990s encountered above-floor terminal deposits at the base of Structure C-1 and on the steps of Structure C-2. Excavations conducted in 2016 uncovered two additional features—an above-floor artifact deposit and graffiti on a wall in a collapsed room—at the Normans Temple complex. Both features are thought to have been created near the time of the abandonment of the site.

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Peri-abandonment Deposits at Chan Chich, Belize. Ashley Booher, Brett Houk. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430816)


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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16860