Partialities of Power at Uci, Yucatan, Mexico


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Beginning in 2008, the Uci/Cansahcab Regional Integration Project has investigated the causes and consequences of the construction of an 18km long causeway that connected four ancient Maya sites with monumental architecture in the Late Preclassic period. This paper presents the results of recent excavations at Ucí, the largest site along the causeway and the likely capital of a micro-polity. Our excavations suggest that Uci benefitted from its position at the top of the site hierarchy and created lasting links with its smaller neighbors, but did not exert major influence. Though Ucí thrived across millennia, its history was uneven. Social memories span disjunctions. By the time of the Spanish Conquest, the capital had shifted 3km southward to Motul, seat of the Cehpech province and current municipal center, though Ucí was never fully abandoned.

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Partialities of Power at Uci, Yucatan, Mexico. Scott Hutson, Daniel Vallejo Caliz, Shannon Plank. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449818)

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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): 25126