Production and Intensification in Hinterland Communities


This study investigates the nature and intensity of ancient Maya household economies in northwestern Belize. The primary focus will be centered on investigative ways in which settlement pattern data offers insight to understanding production systems in hinterland communities. The preliminary patterned relationship that emerged among settlement features and land resources allowed for the interpretation of land management strategies and production systems implemented in different environment zones of the study area. Geospatial analysis of raw material procurement and distribution will be examined through the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS). Furthermore, spatial distribution of cultural materials should provide insight into the regional and localized circulation of goods. Results of this study will demonstrate how a hinterland community stratified land resources and built its local landscape into a complex diversified production area specialized in the production of marketable commodities.

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Production and Intensification in Hinterland Communities. Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Erik Marinkovich, Cady Rutherford, Spencer Mitchell, Kyle Ports. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431538)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16570