Connecting Communities: Materiality of Everyday Life along the Sacbe

Author(s): Stephanie Miller

Year: 2019


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

This poster offers an introduction to the Proyecto Sacbe Yaxuna-Coba, which is concerned with understanding how social and material life changed for people living along the longest causeway in the ancient Maya world. Up until now, much of the research on Maya sacbeob has focused on the morphology and spatial layout of these monumental features. This project, however, builds upon a growing emphasis in anthropological archaeology of peopling the past (Robin 2003), by critically shifting the frame of analysis away from the materiality of the road itself to looking at changes in the materiality of everyday life after a road transforms the socio-spatial landscape. Systematic archaeological investigations and scientific analyses of households situated at each end of the Yaxuna-Coba causeway provide an ideal opportunity to examine the significance and implications of sacbeob for the everyday life of ancient Maya people. In this poster, I present some preliminary findings from investigations of households at the Yaxuna end of the causeway, specifically looking at change over time in construction practices, domestic spatial organization, domestic burials, and shell crafting.

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Connecting Communities: Materiality of Everyday Life along the Sacbe. Stephanie Miller. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449955)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 26115