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Archaeobotanical Realities at Yaxnohkah: A Pollen Grain of Truth on Preclassic Land Use

Author(s): John G. Jones ; Nicholas Dunning

Year: 2017

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Summary

Examination of sediments from several reservoirs at the Preclassic site of Yaxnohkah Campeche, Mexico reveals less that stellar pollen preservation, but still useful botanical data. Thus far, pollen grains show varying degrees of degradation, requiring the use of exacting extraction methods. Cultigens and economic taxa are abundant in the samples demonstrating that we are sampling in the right place, but cyclic wetting and drying has resulted in the loss of fragile taxa, skewing the botanical record. Pollen data can still be obtained, but requires careful analysis and interpretation to identify past activities at this large, important site. Upcoming excavations will focus on the collection of sediments from additional reservoirs and wetlands rich in clay, where oxidation has been less damaging.


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Archaeobotanical Realities at Yaxnohkah: A Pollen Grain of Truth on Preclassic Land Use. John G. Jones, Nicholas Dunning. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431216)


Keywords

General
Maya Mexico Pollen

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): 15420

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