Architecture of Pre-Columbian Northeast Honduras

Author(s): Jill Mattes

Year: 2018


In 2017, the postclassic settlement of Guadalupe on the north-east coast of Honduras revealed remnants of wattle and daub (bajareque) constructions. This was an important finding as information on precolonial architecture in north-east Honduras has been scant, due not only to the low number of archeological investigations in the area, but to the use of highly perishable materials in these constructions. Despite this, recent ethnographic reports have provided indispensable information about colonial-era materials and traditions. This paper examines the archaeological record of Guadalupe along with archaeological, ethnohistoric and ethnographic reports to examine what viable information can be retrieved on precolonial architecture in north-eastern Honduras. It reviews a range of architectural findings discovered through archaeological investigations, and offers a comparative analysis with findings from adjacent (predominantly southern) regions where traditional construction techniques are still commonplace today. This research stands to reveal new and valuable information about the construction techniques, traditions and architectural history of Guadalupe.

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Architecture of Pre-Columbian Northeast Honduras. Jill Mattes. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445133)

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min long: -92.153; min lat: -4.303 ; max long: -50.977; max lat: 18.313 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21971