Ceramics and Polity at Motul de San José and its Periphery


Motul de San Jose entered its Golden Age during the Late Classic. It was located at a critical crossroads in the Central Peten Lakes region, sitting between the east-west San Pedro Martir River that connected it to the Western Peten kingdoms all the way to Yaxchilan, and a north-south route that tied it with Tikal in the north and Dos Pilas and the other Petexbatun centers in the south. The political alliances between Motul and these kingdoms were materialized through the gifting of Ik’ Style polychromes to the royal families and secondary elites of these centers, and recorded in hieroglyphic texts. In this paper, we will be exploring further ceramic connections between Motul and the other Western kingdoms, while at the same time querying the ceramic differences which created a separate political identity for the people of the Ik’a kingdom.

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Ceramics and Polity at Motul de San José and its Periphery. Antonia Foias, Jeanette Castellanos, Kitty Emery. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431900)


Ceramics Maya political

Geographic Keywords
Central America

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17408