Ancient Demography in Northwest Yucatán, Mexico

Author(s): Scott Hutson

Year: 2021


This is an abstract from the "Ancient Mesoamerican Population History: Demography, Social Complexity, and Change" session, at the 86th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Research in northwest Yucatán, Mexico, has played a large role in the development of demographic archaeology in the Maya area, beginning with Edward Thompson’s nineteenth-century investigations of housemounds at Labna and reaching a mid-twentieth-century pinnacle with maps of Mayapan and Dzibilchaltun. In the twenty-first century, advances have continued in Classic and Postclassic period demography in both the Puuc and the Plains, along with surprising revelations about the Preclassic. This paper focuses on mapping and excavation conducted by the author in Preclassic contexts in the Ucí area and Classic contexts at Chunchucmil. The paper also reviews new data from Puuc sites such as Kabah, Xocnaceh, Muluchtzekel, Paso de Macho, and Yaxhom and from Northern Plains sites such as Poxilá, Xtobo, Izamal, Mayapan, and Aké.

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Ancient Demography in Northwest Yucatán, Mexico. Scott Hutson. Presented at The 86th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2021 ( tDAR id: 466689)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 32123