Obsidian Trade at the Edge of the Maya World

Author(s): Zachary Hruby

Year: 2018


The position of Vista Alegre at the Northeastern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, a gateway between the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, made it a strategic location for circumpeninsular maritime trade in Pre-Colombian times. A robust sample of obsidian artifacts from the Terminal-Postclassic transition increases our understanding of trade relations between the eastern and western sides of the Maya world. Technological and source analyses of obsidian artifacts from the site are presented to fill in gaps in our knowledge, not only of Terminal and Postclassic trade, but also first evidence from Early Classic and Preclassic deposits.

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Obsidian Trade at the Edge of the Maya World. Zachary Hruby. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445396)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 22172