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Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala

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This monograph reports the results of the Quiriguá Project Site Periphery Program, five seasons (1975-1979) of archaeological survey and excavation in the 96 square kilometers immediately adjoining the classic Maya site of Quiriguá. Ashmore identifies and helps us understand where and how the people of Quiriguá lived. She presents detailed material evidence in two data catalogues, for the floodplain settlement adjoining Quiriguá and for sites in the wider periphery.

The work situates Quiriguá settlement firmly in a regional context, benefiting from the extraordinary abundance of information amassed in southeastern Mesoamerica since 1979. It sheds new light on the political, economic, and social dynamics of the region including the sometimes-fractious interactions between Quiriguá, its overlords at Copan, and people elsewhere in the Lower Motagua Valley and beyond.

Wendy Ashmore is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.

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Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala. ( tDAR id: 376582) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8S183ZH



Geographic Keywords
Guatemala Quiriguá

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: -89.456; min lat: 14.95 ; max long: -88.679; max lat: 15.671 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): University of Pennsylvania Press Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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  1. Part 3: Quiriguá Wider Periphery, Additional Illustrations and Tables (2007)
  2. Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala (2007)
Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America