Recent Archaeological Work in the Kingdom of Sak Tz’i’ and the Santo Domingo-Lacanja Valley
This is an abstract from the "Dynamic Frontiers in the Archaeology of Chiapas" session, at the 88th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
The Santo Domingo-Lacanja Valley hosted a number of small but important Classic period centers, including Bonampak, Lacanha, Plan de Ayutla, and Lacanja Tzeltal (seat of the Sak Tz’i’ dynasty). It was also an important corridor of travel between the major polities of Yaxchilan, Tonina, and Palenque, among others. Here, we review the results of lidar survey of the valley coupled with ongoing archaeological research at Lacanja Tzeltal. We discuss the geopolitical reasons why, despite continuous occupation in the valley from at least Middle Preclassic into the Late or Terminal Classic periods, no major population center ever emerged within the valley.
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Recent Archaeological Work in the Kingdom of Sak Tz’i’ and the Santo Domingo-Lacanja Valley. Andrew Scherer, Charles Golden. Presented at The 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. 2023 ( tDAR id: 473935)
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Abstract Id(s): 35821.0