Outside Looking In: The Piedras Negras Near Periphery Re-examined

Author(s): Jennifer Kirker

Year: 2018


Surveys in 1997 and 1998 recorded 89 Classic Maya sites with 254 structures in the near periphery of Piedras Negras, Guatemala. Twenty-five sites were test pitted and five were intensively excavated. Recent re-analysis of the ceramic, lithic and architectural data from these sites provides new insights into how the Late Classic Maya (A.D. 625-825) in the near periphery participated in the Piedras Negras kingdom. Population size and implications for conflict are considered. Comparison of material evidence from the center with the near periphery sites suggests how identity and agency might have been negotiated at Piedras Negras during its most volatile and dynamic period of growth, warfare and collapse.

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Outside Looking In: The Piedras Negras Near Periphery Re-examined. Jennifer Kirker. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444300)

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21225