Patterns of Maya Jade Disposal at Blue Creek, Belize

Part of the Blue Creek Central Precinct project

Author(s): thomas guderjan

Year: 2004


Jade was the most valued material in the Classic Maya world. Large numbers of jade artifacts have been recovered from diverse contexts from the Maya site of Blue Creek, Belize. This database allows for analysis of the distribution and disposal of jade artifacts. Further, jade’s role in Classic Maya political economies is unclear, with views alternating between jade having functioned as a currency and jade having been controlled by royal elites. The Blue Creek database is used to test the implications of both models.

Cite this Record

Patterns of Maya Jade Disposal at Blue Creek, Belize. thomas guderjan. 2004 ( tDAR id: 6639) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8X928HB

Spatial Coverage

min long: -88.888; min lat: 17.868 ; max long: -88.848; max lat: 17.897 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Stephen Reichardt

Project Director(s): Thomas Guderjan

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