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Twenty Years of Historical Archaeology in the Yalahau and Costa Escondida Regions

Author(s): Jennifer Mathews ; John Gust ; Scott Fedick

Year: 2017

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Since the mid-1990s, members of the Yalahau and Costa Escondida projects have focused on historical archaeology in northern Quintana Roo. Our research has examined the remnants of the chicle (chewing gum), sugar cane and small-batch rum industries from the late 1800s. Although these sites are relatively recent, the production equipment and other artifacts have been picked through by later occupants, making it challenging to be able to reconstruct the historic record. In an attempt to overcome this obstacle, we have combined on the ground archaeology, with archival research and ethnographic interviews with local peoples as well as experts in commodity production. Through these combined methods, we have attempted to better understand the living and working conditions of Maya laborers, their foreign managers, as well as the production process for making chicle and rum in this remote region.  

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Twenty Years of Historical Archaeology in the Yalahau and Costa Escondida Regions. Jennifer Mathews, John Gust, Scott Fedick. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431977)


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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): 15452

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