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The Hoyo Negro Project: Recent Investigations of a Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author(s): Alberto Nava Blank ; Dominique Rissolo ; James C. Chatters ; Pilar Luna Erreguerena ; Susan Bird ; Patricia Beddows ; Joaquin Arroyo Cabrales ; Shanti Morrell-Hart

Year: 2014

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The submerged caves of the Yucatan Peninsula have yielded an abundance of archaeological, paleontological, and paleoecological data related to human occupation of the Americas at the end of the last glacial maximum. A relatively well preserved human skeleton found in spatial association with the remains of extinct megafauna in Hoyo Negro presents a promising opportunity for interdisciplinary Paleoamerican research. Investigations have thus far revealed a range of associated features and deposits which make possible a multi-proxy approach to identifying and reconstructing the natural and cultural processes that have formed and transformed the site over millennia. Recent and ongoing studies involve detailed mapping and site recording, site-wide taphonomic and macrobotanical studies, and range of geological and paleontological analyses.


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The Hoyo Negro Project: Recent Investigations of a Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Alberto Nava Blank, Dominique Rissolo, James C. Chatters, Pilar Luna Erreguerena, Susan Bird, Patricia Beddows, Joaquin Arroyo Cabrales, Shanti Morrell-Hart. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436551)


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PaperId(s): SYM-1,08

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