Public Architecture and Space at Actuncan

Author(s): Thomas Jamison; David Mixter

Year: 2018


Monumental architecture and public spaces provide primary contexts for community ritual and social action. The process of construction of public architecture involves community cooperation and collective action, with the latter contributing to significant changes in the form and use of structures through time. The public architecture of Actuncan developed from the Preclassic period to constitute a nearly complete set of architectural forms devoted to ritual, administrative and community functions. The excavations at Actuncan over nine seasons have documented much of the development of the center and history of individual structures. This paper traces the development of the public architecture, public spaces and the changes to individual structures and associated deposits that inform an interpretation of the social context in which they were constructed, utilized, modified and abandoned.

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Public Architecture and Space at Actuncan. Thomas Jamison, David Mixter. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443810)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.197; min lat: 16.004 ; max long: -86.682; max lat: 21.984 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20163