Hoyo Negro: The Formation and Transformation of a Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Exploration of the submerged cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico, has afforded researchers access to uniquely preserved Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene deposits that can reveal a wealth of information about the human ecology of the Yucatan Peninsula at the end of the Last Glacial Maximum. The interdisciplinary Hoyo Negro Project aims to identify and reconstruct the processes that have formed and transformed the site over millennia. In addition to ongoing studies of the human skeleton from Hoyo Negro and the diverse assemblage of Pleistocene fauna and botanical remains, researchers have analyzed a range of proxies that provide insights into varied depositional contexts and changing paleoenvironmental conditions. Although deep anchialine caves can prove optimal for preservation and overall integrity of faunal, botanical, and geological deposits, radiometric dating challenges are inherent and are addressed by ongoing research.
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Hoyo Negro: The Formation and Transformation of a Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Dominique Rissolo, James C. Chatters, Alberto E Nava Blank, Eduard Reinhardt, Patricia Beddows, Shawn Kovacs, Shawn Collins, Pilar Luna Erreguerena. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441863)
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