Excavations at Tiradero

Author(s): Victoria Poston; Maria Belen Mendez Bauer

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Preclassic Maya Social Transformations along the Usumacinta: Views from Ceibal and Aguada Fénix" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The site of Tiradero is located next to the San Pedro River, a distributary of the Usumacinta River, in Tabasco, Mexico and contains evidence of occupation during the Late Preclassic and Terminal Classic periods. At the site, a Middle Formative Chiapas E-Group pattern is consistent with those found in Chiapas de Corzo, Ceibal, and other Maya sites, but differs from the pattern of the earlier Preclassic site of Aguada Fénix only a short distance away. During the past two seasons, the Middle Usumacinta Archaeological Project has conducted excavations in the E-Group plaza to discern temporality, as well as mapping to distinguish the boundaries of the site. The ceramic sequence and construction episodes have revealed a Late Preclassic occupation followed by possible abandonment and subsequent reoccupation during the Terminal Classic as Heinrich Berlin reported in 1953. This paper will outline the work done at Tiradero and how continuing seasons seek to elucidate social changes and human-environment interactions along the Usumacinta River especially during the Preclassic period.

Cite this Record

Excavations at Tiradero. Victoria Poston, Maria Belen Mendez Bauer. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450562)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23442