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Sharing Wares and Waging Wars: The Politics of Ceramic Exchange at the Classic Maya Site of El Zotz, Guatemala

Author(s): Alyce De Carteret ; Sarah Newman

Year: 2017

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The Classic Maya city of El Zotz, relatively small compared to its neighbors, is situated geographically, and at times politically, between El Perú-Waka’ to the west and Tikal to the east. The archaeological site occupies an elevated position within the Buenavista Valley, a southwest to northeast corridor running for some 32 km to the north of the Lake Petén Itza region. The valley connects the northeast and northwest Petén, from Chetumal Bay to the Bay of Campeche, placing the site in a strategic position along major trade routes in the region. Research by the El Zotz Archaeological Project (2006 – present) demonstrates that the city’s fortunes and misfortunes were heavily influenced by political developments (both collaborative and antagonistic) in the surrounding region. Yet, even as the geopolitical landscape became increasingly fractured during the course of the Classic period, ceramic evidence suggests that El Zotz maintained connections with its neighbors in the Western Petén. This paper will evaluate the ceramics of El Zotz from a regional perspective, bringing to light the politics of ceramic exchange for this Classic Maya city.

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Sharing Wares and Waging Wars: The Politics of Ceramic Exchange at the Classic Maya Site of El Zotz, Guatemala. Alyce De Carteret, Sarah Newman. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431897)


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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): 16175

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