Preclassic Reservoirs and Urbanism at Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico


The need to collect and store rain water has been proposed as an important urbanizing force during the development of Maya civilization in the Elevated Interior Region on the Maya Lowlands, where surface water is naturally scarce and the dry season lengthy. We present data from Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico indicating that the construction of large reservoirs was an integral part of the development of this urban center in the Middle and Late Preclassic periods. Data collected to date indicate that the water management system at Yaxnohcah became more sophisticated over time. Investigations are ongoing and seek to further document this early, complex water management system.

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Preclassic Reservoirs and Urbanism at Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico. Nicholas Dunning, Armando Anaya Hernández, Christopher Carr, Deborah Walker, Helga Geovannini Acuña. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431225)


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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): 14409