Acoustic Effects at Las Cuevas Cave (Western Belize): An Archaeoacoustic Analysis of a Maya Cave

Author(s): Margarita Diaz-Andreu; Tommaso Mattioli

Year: 2018


The site of Las Cuevas (western Belize) has been identified as a mid-sized, Late Classic ceremonial and administrative center. Interestingly, given the importance of caves in Maya religion, the underneath part of the site has a large cave system. Research so far on this cave has focused on aspects that are common in cave archaeology: 1/ structures - in this case on the one hand the series of platforms built around a central, sunk cenote and on the other the walls subdiving the narrow part of cave into several distinct areas; 2/ pottery distribution in the different areas and platforms within the cave. Yet, in addition to the material remains within the cave, there are other aspects that are worth analysing. A decade ago Margaret Bruchez alluded in an excellent article that "subject to the precepts of science, archaeologists could collect the aural data as material artifacts, despite a previous regard of sounds as 'immaterial' " (Bruchez 2007: 48). The aim of this paper is to show the results of our archaeoacoustic analysis in the cave of Las Cuevas highlighting the acoustic effects that have been detected as the most relevant and their relationship to particular parts of the cave.

Cite this Record

Acoustic Effects at Las Cuevas Cave (Western Belize): An Archaeoacoustic Analysis of a Maya Cave. Margarita Diaz-Andreu, Tommaso Mattioli. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 443872)

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.471; min lat: 13.005 ; max long: -82.969; max lat: 21.78 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 18839