Local Chert Reduction, Maintenance, and Toolmaking: Terminal Classic Chert Use at Nohmul, Belize (dataset)

Summary

This dataset contains analysis of 381 chert artifacts excavated from structures 9 (circular) and 20 (patio quad) at the site of Nohmul in modern Belize. This material was originally excavated in two field seasons in 1978 and 1979 under the Corozal Postclassic Project by Diane Chase. The analysis of this material by Adrian SZ Chase and Jonathan Paige is published in the 2020 volume of Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology and should use that paper as a reference for this dataset (see abstract below).

"Stone tools and debitage recovered from Terminal Classic Period contexts at the site Nohmul, Belize were collected in 1978 and 1979 as part of a dissertation project. Our analysis of this Nohmul chert assemblage has found evidence for local reduction of cobbles and core maintenance, as well as the production and maintenance of tools. Nohmul is situated roughly 30 kilometers from the Northern Belize Chert Bearing Zone, and the site of Colha, Belize – the argued center of lithic production in the region during the Terminal Classic. Consequently, these chert artifacts from Nohmul (1) broaden our understanding of chert consumption and production in the region and (2) provide researchers an additional dataset (via tDAR) for comparison to other Terminal Classic assemblages within and outside the Northern Belize Chert Bearing Zone." (Chase and Paige 2020)

Cite this Record

Local Chert Reduction, Maintenance, and Toolmaking: Terminal Classic Chert Use at Nohmul, Belize (dataset). ( tDAR id: 455194) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8455194

URL: http://www.caracol.org/drs-chase/publications/


Temporal Coverage

None: 300 to 1000 (Nohmul sitewide occupation dates)

Calendar Date: 900 to 1000 (Structure 9 and 20 occupation dates (for this data))

Spatial Coverage

min long: -88.906; min lat: 17.661 ; max long: -88.027; max lat: 18.544 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Adrian Chase; Jonathan Paige

Notes

General Note: see Chase, Adrian S.Z. and Jonathan Paige. 2020. Local Chert Reduction, Maintenance, and Toolmaking: Terminal Classic Chert Use at Nohmul, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 17.

General Note: see Chase, Diane Z. 1982. Spatial and Temporal Variability in Postclassic Northern Belize, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. http://caracol.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/DZC-Dissertation-1982-8307296.pdf

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Datasets

  1. Structure 20 and 9 chert data from Corozal Postclassic Project 1978 and 1979 excavations of Nohmul, Belize (2019)