Prey Choice and Politics: Modelling Postclassic Maya Wood Selection at La Punta, Chiapas, Mexico
Author(s): Sebastian Salgado-Flores
How did Postclassic Maya communities decide which tree species to harvest for firewood and timber in a diverse forest environment? Most studies of ancient tree selection have used the principles of optimal foraging to construct a baseline of expectations for interpreting archaeological charcoal datasets. This paper will explore the implications of such a model on the interpretation of wood charcoals from the site of La Punta in Chiapas, Mexico, while also considering how the political structure of Postclassic Maya society could have influenced the resource gathering behavior reflected in the data. La Punta is one of several contemporaneous Postclassic Maya sites located along the shores of Lake Tziba’na in the Metzabok nature reserve in Chiapas, Mexico. In 2014, excavations in its public central plaza encountered terminal deposits of charcoal, ceramic, and animal bone. The charcoal from this communal context will be compared to charcoals found in domestic contexts elsewhere at the Metzabok sites to understand if (and how) wood selection strategies varied significantly based on context.
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Prey Choice and Politics: Modelling Postclassic Maya Wood Selection at La Punta, Chiapas, Mexico. Sebastian Salgado-Flores. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443618)
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