THE LONG GOODBYE: PROBLEMATIC POTTERY and PILGRIMAGE at CAHAL PECH, BELIZE

James J. Aimers, Jaime J. Awe

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Abstract

Investigations in the site core of Cahal Pech have recovered a range of data reflecting Terminal Classic Maya activity at this Belize Valley site. The materials, which were recovered in a tomb, a burial, and in epicentral plaza deposits, include a diverse assemblage of cultural remains including whole and partial vessels, projectile points, obsidian blade fragments, deer antlers, figurines, pottery flutes, spindle whorls, and jade beads. Similar deposits at other Maya sites in western Belize have been interpreted as evidence for de facto refuse or rapid abandonment. Contextual analyses of the Cahal Pech data suggest that the deposits are more likely associated with post-abandonment activity such as pilgrimage from the still-occupied periphery of the site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalAncient Mesoamerica
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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