Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros


Archaeology, ethnohistory, ethnography, geology, and community development at the largest Precolumbian saltworks in the Maya world. Salinas de los Nueve Cerros was a Maya city located at the highland-lowland transition along the Chixoy River that produced up to 24,000 tons of salt/year during the Late Classic period (AD 600-850). It was occupied from at least 800 BC through the Classic collapse, and continued to be occupied throughout the Postclassic and colonial periods, with salt production only stopping in the 1950s. In the 1980s and 1990s, the region was recolonized and is now home to over 10,000 residents, most of whom are Q'eqchi' Maya.

Cite this Record

Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros. ( tDAR id: 6042) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8125V4F

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: -800 to 2100

Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.687; min lat: 15.893 ; max long: -90.516; max lat: 16.067 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Brent Woodfill

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