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La Milpa East, Hun Tun, and Medicinal Trail Communities: Ancient Maya Hinterland Settlements East of La Milpa, Belize.

Author(s): Robyn Dodge ; David M. Hyde ; Estella Weiss-Krejci

Year: 2017

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Summary

The hinterland east of La Milpa is distinctive of an upland landscape with bajos on its edges, a few formal courtyard groups, monuments, and numerous informal clusters of mounds. Multiple landscape modifications such as terraces, depressions, chultuns, and linear features are present in these eastern hinterland settlements as well. This paper will provide an overview of the excavations into three specific hinterland communities: La Milpa East, Hun Tun, and the Medicinal Trail Community, as well as associated aguadas, or seasonal water holes, and dry depressions to document variable strategies of ancient Maya economy and water management. Archaeological evidence will be discussed as it relates to the function and interpretation of these hinterland settlements and the role they played in contributing to the larger, regional influence of the La Milpa polity.


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La Milpa East, Hun Tun, and Medicinal Trail Communities: Ancient Maya Hinterland Settlements East of La Milpa, Belize.. Robyn Dodge, David M. Hyde, Estella Weiss-Krejci. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431532)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15870

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