Settlement Patterns at the Ancient Maya Port site of Conil

Author(s): Verna Gentil

Year: 2018


The ancient Maya port site of Conil is located in the modern community of Chiquilá on the north coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. In 1528 Francisco de Montejo, a Spanish conquistador, reported that Conil was a large town consisting of 5,000 houses. William Sanders was the first archaeologist to work at the site in 1954, but the site core was not formally mapped until 2005 by Glover. Further work was conducted in 2014, 2016, and 2017 as part of El Projecto Costa Escondida (PCE). Data collection and analysis for these surveys was conducted through the use of advanced geospatial technologies Based on the findings of this work, Conil appears to have been one of the largest settlements along the northern coast of the Yucatan during two periods of occupation, the first dating to the Late Preclassic and the second, dating to the Late Postclassic. This paper will discuss the settlement patterns observed at this site as they relate to the periods of occupation and known sites within the region

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Settlement Patterns at the Ancient Maya Port site of Conil. Verna Gentil. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 445403)

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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): 21254