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The Symbolic Centre: The Pre-Classic Legacy of Yaxnohcah’s E-Group

Author(s): Shawn Morton

Year: 2017

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For nearly two thousand years, the E-Group at Yaxnohcah served as this city’s spiritual and administrative heart. From the early facet of the middle Pre-Classic through the Terminal Classic, as the rest of the site grew, morphed, and ultimately fell into disuse, this group continued to be remodelled, refurbished, and rededicated. Further, in a stunning testimony to social memory, and after a period of clear abandonment, it became the focus of Post-Classic activity that included the erection of a diminutive stela. In this paper I explore the broader significance of this group within the context of the Pre-Classic Central Karstic Uplands and contemplate Yaxnohcah’s lengthy presence in this region from the perspective of this early base.

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The Symbolic Centre: The Pre-Classic Legacy of Yaxnohcah’s E-Group. Shawn Morton. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431218)


E-Group Maya Pre-Classic

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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): 15339

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