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The Search for Sierra Red: Discerning Ceramic Diversity at Late Preclassic Yaxnohcah

Author(s): Debra Walker

Year: 2017

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The principal ceramic type for the Petén Late Preclassic period, first identified by Edith Ricketson in the 1930s, and dubbed Sierra Red three decades later, has just about the widest distribution of any ceramic type in the Maya lowlands. In particular, the omnipresent simple flaring walled bowl form is virtually synonymous with the period, yet, after five years of excavation at Preclassic Yaxnohcah, Sierra Red remains an elusive minor type. Middle Preclassic Um Phase is well represented as is the Terminal Preclassic Wob Phase. Excluding a population collapse in Late Preclassic Chay Phase, which seems illogical based on massive and continuous construction data, a case can be made for more diversity in Late Preclassic ceramic production than previously recognized. This paper explores the consequences of such a reality in archaeological interpretation of the Late Preclassic era in the Central Karstic Uplands.

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The Search for Sierra Red: Discerning Ceramic Diversity at Late Preclassic Yaxnohcah. Debra Walker. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431217)


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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): 15422

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